How Arizona Football Stacks Up in Recruiting Among the Expanded Big 12

Where Arizona Football Ranks Among Expanded Big 12 in Recruiting
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The Arizona football program enters a new era in 2024 with a new head coach and a revamped athletics conference. They say goodbye to longtime rivals USC, UCLA, and Stanford, and prepare to face new challengers in UCF, TCU, and BYU.

Yengols.com examined the Wildcats football recruiting by utilizing 247Sports.com rankings in preparation for Arizona’s inaugural season in the expanded Big 12 conference.

Brent Brennan’s first year as head coach is set to kick off in Tucson, with odds of +12000 to win the national championship at FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona.

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Average Recruiting Ranking of Big 12 Conference Teams Since 2020

Team Average
TCU34.8
Utah36.6
West Virginia41.2
Oklahoma State42.4
Texas Tech43.0
Baylor46.8
Iowa State48.2
Arizona50.6
Cincinnati51.0
Kansas State52.6
UCF53.8
Arizona State55.4
Colorado56.6
BYU65.6
Houston67.4
Kansas70.6

Georgia is the favored team to win the upcoming national championship, with odds of +360 according to Arizona sports betting sites.

Arizona is in the middle of the recruiting pack.

In 2024, the Big 12 conference will have 16 members, with Arizona’s average recruiting ranking since 2020 being 50.6, placing them eighth overall. Arizona’s recruiting ranking falls between Iowa State (48.2) and Cincinnati (51). Stay updated on the Arizona Wildcats’ football and basketball odds all year at yengols.com.

TCU is currently in the lead among Big 12 members with a score of 34.8, followed by Utah (36.6), West Virginia (41.2), Oklahoma State (42.4), and Texas Tech (43) rounding out the top five.

The Wildcats experienced a decrease in their total score due to the conclusion of the Kevin Sumlin era in 2020 and the team’s 1-11 season under Jedd Fisch in 2021. This decline in performance led to Arizona’s ranking dropping from 59th in 2020 to 76th in 2021.

Arizona steadily climbed in the rankings, reaching its peak with the 22nd-ranked class in the nation in 2022. Unfortunately, the rankings plummeted to No. 40 last year and 56th in 2024 following the departure of Fisch to Washington earlier this month.

Even though their in-state rivals in Tempe pose a challenge, Wildcats fans can find solace in the fact that Arizona is leading in recruiting, with the Sun Devils ranked 12th out of 16 Big 12 programs. Furthermore, Arizona betting apps are giving the Sun Devils slim odds of +50000 to win a national championship.

When checking out championship odds, it’s wise to shop around different sportsbooks. FanDuel has Arizona at +12000, while Betway has them at +800, placing them third among Big 12 teams for the best title odds, behind Kansas State and Utah.

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Peterson Christopher

Peterson Christopher has dedicated over seven years to reporting on sports and sports betting in Arizona for publications such as ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly, and the Green Valley News. He now brings his expertise to yengols.com as the lead writer.

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