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HCA: How much will WSU's offense improve in 2013?

WSU offense had issues last season, but will it be better this season?


Yesterday Craig detailed the suck that has been WSU football over the last five seasons and coincidentally enough Ted Miller of the ESPN Pac-12 blog wrote about which Pac-12 offenses will improve the most next season.

Miller pegged Washington as the bottom-five Pac-12 offense to improve the most, but WSU was his second pick:

Second would be Washington State, mostly because of coach Mike Leach's track record. It's difficult to imagine the Cougs not scoring at least in the mid-to-high 20s. And they'll probably cross the 30 threshold.

If Miller's prediction is correct, WSU's offense would be significantly improved last season. The Cougars averaged 20.4 points per game last season, so averaging 30+ points per game would be quite the jump. Averaging 30 points per game would have been good for 53rd in the country last season, up from 108th.

Can the Cougars make that kind of jump next season? Looking at the current depth chart, WSU appears to have enough wide receiver talent to be a 30+ point offense. The rest of the position groups? That is a big TBD.


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