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Rich Rod's reason for night practices

Rich Rod and the Wildcats open up the first three games of the season at night with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff (Pacific time).

Their first four opponents (Toledo, Oklahoma State, South Carolina State, and Oregon) put together a combined 40-11 record in 2011, and the Wildcats will face only two FBS teams on their entire schedule that did not finish with a bowl eligible record last season.

In an extra effort to make sure they are ready for a night kickoff, Rich Rod is planning to have practices in the afternoons, even if it means having to be flexible and occasionally fighting the weather (as Arizona's summer storms typically hit in the late afternoons and early evenings). Former head coach Mike Stoops opted for early morning practices to dodge the storms.

"I want our guys to be ready to play at 6 pm, because most of our games are at night. Now, I can see us getting frustrated with some monsoons and having to move some things around and adjust that. We'll see how that goes." Rodriguez explained.