HOT COUGAR ACTION: Power Rankings Galore

If you like power rankings, then today's post is right up your alley. On the football side of things, the ESPN Pac-12 blog has post-spring power rankings. Then, Bud Withers was kind enough to go along with the theme of today's post and give us a projected basketball power ranking.

Let's start with football. Washington State checks in at No. 8 with the following blurb.

8. Washington State: Of the four new coaches, it's Mike Leach who will probably have the biggest impact early on. Receiver might be the Cougars' deepest position, and quarterback Jeff Tuel can spread it around. Both lines are questions.

Not much I can argue with there. Considering Mike Leach is yet to coach a game at WSU, I think the No. 8 ranking is fair. WSU still has a lot of holes to fill and a lot to prove.

On the basketball side of things, Withers has the Cougar basketball team slotted at No. 8 as well. Here is a little bit of his breakdown.

Moore needs to improve his scoring (he shot only .361), and they need to develop some team consistency - addressing their annual siesta at Arizona State would be a start - or coach Ken Bone's tush is going to be toasty.

I'm not a fan of Withers use of the word "tush" but I can overlook it this one time. As far as his rankings, I think WSU might be a little low here. Especially with USC at No. 6. The Trojans were terrible last year and don't have a program changing recruiting class, so I'm not quite sure how they end up that high. Brock Motum will return as one of the best players in the conference, which alone should vault WSU up another spot or two.

Football

2012 spring breakout players - College Football Nation Blog - ESPN
Andrei Lintz, WR, Washington State: This converted tight end was the talk of WSU's spring session.

Baseball

Oregon State 10, Washington State 2: Danny Hayes hits two homers in Beavers' win over Cougars | OregonLive.com
PULLMAN, Wash. - Danny Hayes paced Oregon State with two of the team's season-high four home runs as they opened their three-game series at Bailey-Brayton with a 10-2 win over Washington State Friday night.

Big First Inning Hurts Cougars - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Oregon State used a 13-hit attack to defeat Washington State 10-2 in Pac-12 Conference baseball, Friday at Bailey-Brayton Field.

Cougars Clobbered by Beavers in 10-2 Loss - KHQ Right Now - News and Weather for Spokane and North Idaho |
PULLMAN, Wash. – Oregon State belted three home runs in the first two innings building an early lead on the way to a 10-2 victory over Washington State.

Basketball

WSU loses 6-11 recruit " Kitsap Sun
PULLMAN — Washington State basketball coach Ken Bone confirmed Friday that highly regarded recruit Richard Peters will not qualify academically.

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