Where Arizona Football Ranks Among Expanded Big 12 in Recruiting

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 brand-new athletics conference to compete in, swapping USC, UCLA and Stanford for UCF, TCU and BYU.

As Arizona prepares for the school’s first season in the expanded Big 12, BetArizona.com broke down how the Wildcats football recruiting stacks up utilizing 247Sports.com recruiting rankings.

Year One of the Brent Brennan era is set to take flight in Tucson with +12000 national championship odds at FanDuel Sportsbook Arizona.

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Big 12 Average Recruiting Ranking 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

Arizona sports betting sites list Georgia as the favorite for next year’s national championship at +360.

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Arizona in Middle of Recruiting Pack

Among the 16 members that will comprise the Big 12 conference in 2024, Arizona’s average recruiting ranking of 50.6 since 2020 ranks as the eighth best, sandwiched between Iowa State (48.2) and Cincinnati (51). You can track Arizona Wildcats odds in both football and basketball through the year at BetArizona.com.

The leader among Big 12 members is TCU at 34.8, while Utah (36.6), West Virginia (41.2), Oklahoma State (42.4) and Texas Tech (43) round out the top five.

For the Wildcats, their overall score was dinged by the end of the Kevin Sumlin era in 2020 and the team’s 1-11 campaign in Jedd Fisch’s first season in 2021, which knocked Arizona’s ranking from 59th in 2020 to 76th in 2021.

Since then, Arizona’s ranking has climbed steadily, highlighted by the 22nd-ranked class in the nation in 2022, before sliding back a bit to No. 40 a year ago and 56th in 2024 thanks to losing Fisch to Washington earlier this month.

Still, Wildcats fans can rest easy knowing Arizona is well ahead of the school’s in-state rivals from Tempe, who are 12th out of 16 Big 12 programs with an average recruiting class ranking of 55.4. Arizona betting apps have the Sun Devils national title odds at +50000.

If you’re eyeing championship odds this early, it’s wise to shop around. While FanDuel lists Arizona at +12000, Betway Arizona lists the Wildcats at +800, third behind Kansas State and Utah for the best title odds of any Big 12 team.

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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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