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WSU football the loveable underdog in 2016?

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According to one article the Cougs are the team to be a fan if you're looking for another school to root for.

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If WSU's win total continues on a positive path, we may see an uptick in the nationwide fan base. At least that's what Ben Kercheval of the Bleacher Report thinks should happen. His article tabs WSU as everyones favorite underdog for the 2016 college football season.

The article lined out the various ways in which the likable program will pick up more followers this season. The quirks, fanbase, and success (or lack there of), were all cited, but what would this article be without some love for Mike Leach. If the national media adores one thing about WSU it's the eclectic Head Coach.

While Kercheval has a good point, college football doesn't exactly embrace underdogs with open arms. On this week's episode of Podcast Ain't Played Nobody, Bill Connelly and Steven Godfrey talked about how college football would much rather have their big names in power than an upstart.

I tend to think there is some middle ground on the issue. I wouldn't expect fans of conference foes to reserve a place in their heart for the Cougs, But maybe a Midwestern college football fan who finds himself up watching #Pac12AfterDark will root for WSU in 2016.

If winning continues an uptick in attention is guaranteed. Some fan's will worry about their own team's fate, and others will come along for the ride.

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Men's Basketball:

Cougars Brett Boese, Junior Longrus get down to business | The Spokesman-Review
Brett Boese had all the information he needed to make his college choice. His uncles, Jim and Dave Meredith, played basketball at Washington State in the 1970s. He grew up in WSU’s athletic shadow and played at Spokane’s Shadle Park High School.

Stanford vs. Washington State - Game Summary - February 18, 2016 - ESPN
Get a summary of the Stanford Cardinal vs. Washington State Cougars basketball game

Football:

Who Will Be Everyone's Favorite Underdog for 2016 College Football Season? | Bleacher Report
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to your new (second) favorite team: the Washington State Cougars.

Washington & WSU in-state recruiting trending up - Pacific Takes
The misfit toys of the Northwest are out to prove recruiting is more than a star ranking. And if the rest of the country won't notice, they might just be okay building something big back home.

Women's Basketball:

Cats Host Washington Schools in Final Home Games of Season - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
Arizona will host Washington on Friday and Washington State on Sunday afternoon.

Washington State's Borislava Hristova dominating for Cougars
After moving to the U.S. from Bulgaria, Washington State's Borislave Hristova is having a great season for the Cougars, despite dealing with a language barrier.

Men's Golf:

Men’s Golf Concludes Strong First Round - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
WSU sits in third after one round at the John A. Burns Intercollegiate.

Athletics:

Director of Athletics Bill Moos Podcast - Washington State University Official Athletic Site
Director of Athletics Bill Moos discusses the sold-out Night with Cougar Football events, Klay Thompson, and the undefeated Cougar Tennis team.