Will Brent Brennan have a breakout first year at Arizona?

Can Brent Brennan Have Breakout First Year at Arizona?
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After finally achieving a 10-win season for the first time in nine years, the Arizona Wildcats football program is facing more instability with their third new head coach in just six years.

With Brent Brennan taking over for Jedd Fisch, who left Arizona for Washington, it prompts the inquiry into the historical performance of new head coaches at Arizona.

Since Fred Enke assumed control of the program in 1931, Arizona Stadium has seen 20 different coaches come and go. Collectively, these coaches have amassed a record of 84 wins, 118 losses, and 7 ties, resulting in a winning percentage of .402 in their inaugural seasons.

Yengols.com utilized College-Football-Reference.com to assess the debut seasons of every Wildcats head football coach from Enke to Fisch, offering crucial information for Arizona sports betting in the upcoming season.

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Best First-Year Performances

Coach Year Record
Jim Young19738-3
Rich Rodriguez20128-5
Tex Oliver19335-3
Warren Woodson19526-4
Miles Casteel19396-4

Despite the recent coaching changes, ESPN BET Arizona is still given +7500 odds to win the national championship next season, putting them in a tie for the 18th spot nationally with Kansas State, Miami, and Utah.

Worst First-Year Performances

Coach Year Record
Jedd Fisch20211-11
Ed Doherty19571-8-1
Robert Winslow19492-7-1
Mike Stoops20043-8
Bob Weber19693-7

Fisch’s Wildcats teams at Arizona started off slow but consistently surpassed expectations on betting apps by raising the bar.

Will Brennan be able to get off to a fast start?

None of the 20 coaches who started in Tucson from 1931 to 2021 managed to exceed eight wins in a single season. Jim Young achieved an 8-3 record in 1973 and Rich Rodriguez had an 8-5 mark in 2012. However, Jedd Fisch now holds the record for the lowest win-loss record in his first season, finishing with a 1-11 record (.083) in 2021. Edward Doherty previously held this unfortunate title with a 1-8-1 record (.111) in 1957.

Excluding Rodriguez in 2012, only three other first-year Wildcats head coaches managed to achieve a winning record in their debut season: Young in 1973, Warren Woodson in 1952 (6-4), and Tex Oliver in 1933 (5-3). Over the span of 20 coaches from 1931 to 2021, the average number of wins in their first year with the Wildcats was 4.2.

After a successful debut season in a new conference, Brennan’s Wildcats will face off against familiar foes like New Mexico, Northern Arizona, and Arizona State, as well as new rivals like Colorado, Texas Tech, Houston, and West Virginia at home. On the road, Arizona will challenge BYU, TCU, UCF, and Utah in the revamped Big 12.



Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher, who has been covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for over seven years for publications like ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News, is now the lead writer at yengols.com.

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