We're not quite in the height of college football prediction season, but we're getting close. The team preview series have begun and a few projections are beginning to roll out. That includes Brian Fremeau of ESPN Insider who recently rolled out his projections conference by conference.
The article requires an ESPN Insider membership to access it, but Fremeau predicts the Cougars to go 5-7 including 3-6 in the Pac-12. Here is a brief snippet of what he had to say about WSU:
The competition in the division will keep them from breaking through, according to our projections, but Washington State can make strides simply by avoiding blowout losses this year. Four of their seven losses last season came by at least 24 points.
Talking about moral victories isn't going to get anyone very excited about the season. His projection, however, is in line with what I'd expect. I would assume most projections will have WSU between 5-7 and 7-5. A lot depends on how you see the Cougars faring in the non-conference schedule. Fremeau has WSU going 2-1 and based on a 4-8 projection for Rutgers, that loss is probably to Nevada. Where are the three conference wins at this point? California at home is an obvious choice. Arizona at home? I certainly wouldn't project WSU to beat Oregon State on the road with the issues the Cougars have had with the Beavers in recent seasons. Maybe the Apple Cup?
We're still nearly four months from football, but let's go ahead and see where everyone stands now, how many wins are you projecting in 2014?
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