HCA: WSU among the most improved next season?

William Mancebo

Some people think so.

Athlon Sports released a list of the 10 most-improved teams in 2013 and WSU made the list. That may sound like great news, but despite making the list of most improved, Athlon predicts WSU to finish 4-8. The Washington State blurb ends with the dreaded idea that the Cougars will be "more competitive" even if it doesn't amount to wins.

So why does Athlon think WSU will be improved?

Familiarity with Mike Leach's system is a major component, as are eight returning starters on defense. Athlon goes as far to predict WSU will finish in the top half of the Pac-12 in defense. Interestingly enough, WSU's season-opening opponent Auburn also made the list of most improved.

Football:

Rutgers added to WSU schedule (and Wisconsin pushed back) - SportsLink - Spokesman.com - June 19, 2013
Hoping to catch Wisconsin at Martin Stadium in 2014? Well, that's not going to happen.

Cougars add Rutgers to football schedule - Spokesman.com - June 19, 2013
Wisconsin’s trip to Pullman has been delayed eight years, but Washington State announced an addition to its 2014 and 2015 football schedules.

College Football's Top 10 Most-Improved Teams for 2013 | AthlonSports.com
Why the Cougars Will Be Better: As with any coach entering his second season, you expect to see some type of uptick in production with more familiarity when it comes to schemes.

Wisconsin schedules home-and-home with Washington State - UWBadgers.com - The Official Web Site of The Wisconsin Badgers Athletics
MADISON, Wis. -- The Wisconsin football team has agreed to a home-and-home series with Washington State, the two schools announced on Wednesday. The Badgers and Cougars will meet in Madison during the 2022 season before Wisconsin makes the return trip to Pullman, Wash., during the 2023 campaign.

Cougars Announce Update to Future Football Schedules - The Washington State University Official Athletic Site
PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State University Director of Athletics Bill Moos has announced updates to the Cougars future football schedules.

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