For many years, the Arizona Wildcats have had the same general philosophy in scheduling non-conference football games: One gimme, one mid-major level foe and then a marquee opponent.
Coach Mike Stoops, whose team completes a home-and-home series against Iowa this season, previously has talked about easing the program’s strength of schedule, especially after the Pac-10 went to a full round-robin of nine games. That’s tough enough, he figures.
I asked new Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne on Tuesday about his philosophy on football scheduling. Would he like to see the Wildcats play a major BCS-conference program every season?