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HOT COUGAR ACTION: Athlon Sports Previews Washington State

College football preview season continues and earlier this week The Pac-12 and Washington State received the Athlon Sports preview treatment. I meant to post this earlier in the week, but it kept getting knocked down by verbal commitments and player transfers.

Athlon Sports predicts WSU to finish fifth in the Pac-12 North with a 6-6 record. They predict a 3-6 record in the Pac-12 although they don't give game-by-game predictions. Athlon has WSU ranked No. 51 overall which is higher than most of the other publications I've seen which tend to have WSU in the 70's or 80's. Here are a few tidbits from the Athlon analysis.

The Cougars' Mike Leach, after inheriting promising quarterbacks in Jeff Tuel and Connor Halliday, plus the remnants of Paul Wulff's long-term rebuilding efforts, will be especially worrisome for the Pac-12's upper echelon.

Washington State has weapons galore, but Tuel may not get much time to throw. The biggest question mark for the offense is the line, where injuries have weakened an already suspect group.

Based on Leach's record at Texas Tech, an eight-win season is not out of the question, though a six-win season would be acceptable for the bowl-deprived Cougs.


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