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HCA: A smattering of power rankings

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I don't know how much power they have, but there are plenty of rankings today.

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If you are a fan of things being listed and ranked in order of awesomeness, then you are in luck as today's post includes three sets of power rankings. Unfortunately, as a WSU fan you're not likely to enjoy today's rankings as people don't rank the Cougars as being very awesome.

When it comes to traditional power rankings there is this Pac-12 ranking from the National Football Post (WSU is 11th) and this Pac-12 North ranking (WSU is sixth).

There is one non-traditional power ranking as Kevin Gemmell of the Pac-12 blog released his future power rankings. The idea is not where the teams rank today, but where they will rank in three years. According to Gemmell WSU's future is slightly brighter than present day as the Cougars are 10th.

If WSU can continue to move up one spot every three years, the Cougars will dominate the 2040's.

Football:

Pac-12 future power rankings - Pac-12 Blog - ESPN
10. Washington State: Recruiting to Pullman has been, and probably always will be, a challenge. Upgraded facilities should help. And the Pac-12 blog still thinks Mike Leach will bring the Cougars back to the postseason in the next few years. But maintaining a consistent program that competes for titles every season is going to be tough -- especially in the North.

Pac-12 summer power rankings | National Football Post

11. Washington State: Mike Leach enters his second season in Pullman trying to get his team into postseason consideration. The Cougars went young last year, so the experience will help this fall. But can Leach coax six wins out of this team playing in a tough league? Last year was the first time he missed a bowl game in all of his seasons as a head coach.

Power Ranking the Pac-12 North

The Cougars looked as though they may break out heading into the 2012 season under new head coach Mike Leach. However, their season fell apart when star wideout Marquess Wilson left the team after accusing Leach of abusing his players.

USC Football 2013 Schedule Preview: Washington State Cougars - Reign of Troy - A USC Trojans Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

It’s year two for Mike Leach and despite finishing 3-9 in 2012 and suffering through an eight-game losing streak through the bulk of the season, there’s plenty of optimism to be found on the Palouse. Washington State closed the season with a gut-check victory over arch-rival Washington in the Apple Cup last November, and pushed Stanford, the eventual Rose Bowl champions, to the brink of a major upset.