Arizona Wildcats 2023 football schedule released
Arizona’s 2023 football schedule was released on Wednesday. It features a bye week in the middle of the year and then a make-or-break five-game stretch to close out the season.
The Wildcats host Northern Arizona (Sept. 2) and UTEP (Sept. 16) in the non-conference portion of the schedule. They’ll travel to Starkville on Sept. 9 to face Mississippi State.
Pac-12 play opens on the road against Stanford in what will be just the second meeting between the two teams since 2016. Stanford has dominated the series of late, winning six straight and 11 of the last 13.
The Wildcats return home the following week to host Washington on Sept. 30. After that, it’s back-to-back road games against USC and Washington State. The game against the Trojans could fall on a Friday, but that has yet to be determined by the league.
The game against the Cougars will see UA quarterback Jayden de Laura return to Pullman for the first time after winning the Pac-12’s Freshman Offensive Player of the Year award with the Cougars in 2021. When Arizona faced Washington State in 2022, the emotions of the game got the best of de Laura at times and the Wildcats lost by 11. How will he fare in Pullman?
Arizona heads into its bye week on Oct. 21.
When it comes out of the off week, it’ll play games against Oregon State, UCLA, and Utah in three of the next four weeks. Those three went a combined 19-8 in Pac-12 play this past season. However, all three of them will come to Tucson to take on the Wildcats.
A road game against Deion Sanders and Colorado is slated for Nov. 11.
The Territorial Cup takes place on Saturday, Nov. 25 this season. Oregon and Oregon State will be the only Pac-12 teams playing on Black Friday.
Here’s the full schedule:
- Sept. 2: vs. Northern Arizona
- Sept. 9: at Mississippi State
- Sept. 16: vs. UTEP
- Sept. 23: at Stanford
- Sept. 30: vs. Washington
- Oct. 6 (Fri.) OR Oct. 7 (Sat.): at USC
- Oct. 14: at Washington State
- Oct. 21: BYE
- Oct. 28: vs. Oregon State
- Nov. 4: vs. UCLA
- Nov. 11: at Colorado
- Nov. 18: vs. Utah
- Nov. 25: at Arizona State