Arizona Wildcats Football: The State of the Program After 2013 Season

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Arizona Wildcats Football: The State of the Program After 2013 Season
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The 2013 season went almost exactly as expected for the Arizona Wildcats, give or take a touchdown or missed tackle here and there.

Arizona finished with a 7-5 record for the second year in a row, and just like last season, it will be playing in a bowl game. The Wildcats are set to face Boston College (7-5) on Dec. 31 in the Advocare V100 Bowl in Shreveport, La.

The Wildcats finished with a 4-5 record in the Pac-12 Conference and were one of nine bowl-eligible teams from the league, which pushed them outside of the conference's seven bowl affiliations into an unaffiliated bowl game. The departure allowed them to escape competing in the New Mexico Bowl for the second straight year.

While the season included a couple of games that got away from Arizona, it also featured a program-defining upset of Oregon that featured Ka'Deem Carey breaking the school's career rushing record.

Arizona has reached a bowl game in each of Rich Rodriguez's first two seasons as coach, and he is the first coach to do so at the school. And though some major holes will need to be filled due to departing players—most notably Carey, a junior who is expected to declare for the NFL draft—enough pieces are in place to expect 2014 to be a promising year.

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