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The Wildcats, who have 10 straight wins against NAU, will take on the Lumberjacks in the Aug. 30 football season opener.
The Arizona Wildcats will take on the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks in Friday night's football season opener at Arizona Stadium.
The Aug. 30 game kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be the first-ever weekday opener at Arizona Stadium, which has a new look this fall following an 18-month makeover.
The Lowell-Stevens Football Facility opened its doors in July to Wildcat football operations, and Friday's crowd will be the first to test the acoustics of the stadium's new 360-degree bowl effect.
Going into Friday's game, Arizona has the all-time lead over NAU at 11-1, with 10 straight wins against the Lumberjacks.
While it's uncommon for the Wildcats to start their season as early as August, the team has done very well in games held during that month. In fact, Arizona is unbeaten this century in all games held in August. Coach Rich Rodriguez will look to keep the streak perfect as he coaches his first August game.
Also of note for Arizona football this year:
The next game will be against the University of Las Vegas Rebels in Las Vegas on Sept. 7. The next home game, on Sept. 14, will be against University of Texas at Austin Roadrunners.