Hot Cougar Action: Where does WSU rank heading into 2013?

James Snook-US PRESSWIRE

Checking in on WSU's post spring power ranking, it's not pretty.

We're still a few weeks away from the start of preseason rankings, but ESPN's Ted Miller recently posted some post spring football power rankings with WSU checking in at No. 11 in the Pac-12.

Here is what Miller had to say about WSU:

There is every reason to believe the Cougars will be better in Year 2 under Mike Leach, starting with the seasoning all those young players received the hard way in 2012. But it's difficult to see the Cougs eclipsing too many other teams in the conference pecking order. The No. 11 spot here could come with five wins.

California and Utah are in the spots directly above WSU and considering how the Cougars played both teams last year, it would be hard to make a strong argument WSU should be much higher. Both teams have major quarterback question marks and while it wouldn't necessarily shock me if WSU finished ahead of either at the end of the season, it wouldn't surprise me if they didn't as well.

Basically 11th seems about right, sorry Colorado.

Football:

Pac-12 post-spring power rankings - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
11. Washington State: There is every reason to believe the Cougars will be better in Year 2 under Mike Leach, starting with the seasoning all those young players received the hard way in 2012. But it's difficult to see the Cougs eclipsing too many other teams in the conference pecking order. The No. 11 spot here could come with five wins.

Auburn playing the favorite again against Washington State (Auburn Football Podcast) | al.com

Auburn didn't play the role of the favorite often last season but they'll start out the Gus Malzahn era as a considerable favorite against Mike Leach's Washington State Cougars. With both teams coming off 3-9 seasons and looking to implement high-powered offenses, both programs share a lot of similarities heading into the 2013 season.

Ex-Eastern QB Meyer proving his worth in AFL " Kitsap Sun

The Shock roster includes two former Washington State Cougars: wide receiver Jeffrey Solomon (who also played at Eastern Washington), and offensive lineman Patrick Afif.

Basketball:

Nate Robinson, Klay Thompson's stars burn bright in NBA playoffs | NBA | The Seattle Times

Ken Bone is perfect this week in NBA playoff predictions. During the Chicago Bulls' win over the Miami Heat on Monday, the Washington State men's basketball coach sent a text to assistant Curtis Allen forecasting Nate Robinson's late-game heroics.

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