Can Arizona Build on Late Success to Win First Football Title?

Can Arizona Build on Late Success to Win First Football Title?
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The Arizona Wildcats finished the 2023 football season with the program’s most wins in nine years and the second longest winning streak in the nation at seven games.

Fresh off that 10-3 campaign that saw the Wildcats knock off five teams that were ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 at the time, there’s reason to believe 2024 could be the year of the Cat in Southern Arizona in Year Four of the Jedd Fisch era.

Throw in the fact Arizona betting apps have the Wildcats at +10000 to win their first national championship and you have the recipe for an offseason to remember in Tucson, with newfound heights when it comes to expectations after a historic season.

With all that in mind, BetArizona.com broke down where the 2024 Arizona football team ranks among recent squads by championship odds. Here’s what ‘Cats fans should know about their team on the heels of Arizona’s exciting 38-24 Alamo Bowl victory over No. 12 Oklahoma on Dec. 28.

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Arizona National Title Odds by Year

Year Preseason Odds
2024+10000
2023+50000
2022+40000
2021+200000
2020+50000
2019+100000
2018+30000
2017+200000
2016+50000
2015+20000
2014+20000
Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona.
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Can Wildcats Win It All Next Season?

At the moment, Arizona’s +10000 championship odds at FanDuel are ranked in a tie with Utah and Louisville for 21st nationally and are better than any other Wildcats team in the preseason since 2014.

ESPN BET Arizona has Kansas State and Utah at +7500 to win the national championship, the top-rated teams among the newly constituted Big 12.

The Wildcats’ current CFP odds are leaps and bounds better than a year ago, when Arizona was sitting at +50000 and miles ahead of where the program was in 2019 and 2021, when they were listed at +100000 to win it all.

One thing that bolsters Arizona is the play of freshman quarterback Noah Fifita, who was named the Pac-12’s Freshman of the Year after throwing for 2,869 yards and 25 touchdowns (to six interceptions) with a QBR of 83.8 in nine starts.

Throw in the playmaking capabilities of Fifita’s Servite High School teammate Tetairoa McMillan, and you have the one-two combo that could guide Arizona to new heights.

McMillan finished 2023 with the second-most receiving yards in a season in Arizona history, at 1,402. With both back, there’s no reason to believe Arizona will slide too far from where they reached in 2023, especially given the 49th-ranked recruiting class in the nation (per 247 Sports) that’s coming to the Old Pueblo.

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Christopher Boan is the lead writer at BetArizona.com after covering sports and sports betting in Arizona for more than seven years, including stops at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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