After a huge home win, the Washington State Cougars have risen in the polls and find themselves on the national college football radar going into week six. While far from a likely participant at this stage, pundits are discussing the Cougs as a College Football Playoff contender before Saturday’s game in Eugene.
FiveThirtyEight, ESPN’s stat focused site, released their CFP model Thursday, and give Washington State a 7 percent chance to make it to the national semifinals. Their model doesn’t pick individual games, but instead tries to predict what the committee will do given the resume’s of each team at the end of the year.
Game by game predictions are left to a combination of ESPN’s football power index and AP rankings. That cocktail doesn’t like the Cougs chances this weekend as the Ducks are 58 percent favorites. If Washington State is able to pull off the road victory their CFP odds go up to 14 percent.
You can play around with the model quite a bit, and see how WSU’s odds change with different results. This probably goes without saying, but if Luke Falk and company run the table in the regular season, there chances to be among the top four teams is 99 percent. Just win, baby.
Obviously it’s early to spend much time speculating on this topic, but it speaks to how far the program has come since 2014.
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I’d be more tempted to pick Oregon to beat Wazzu with the Cougars coming off a huge win over No. 5 USC last week, but the loss of standout sophomore QB Justin Herbert will be too much for the banged-up Ducks to overcome against Alex Grinch’s defense.
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Washington State’s coach has an extended thought.
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When the 11th-ranked Cougars enter Autzen Stadium to face Oregon on Saturday, it will mark their first road game this season.
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If the Cougars blow out Oregon in Autzen Stadium, they belong here. If not, I might need to revise.
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Erik Powell got the opportunity that Aidan Schneider has been waiting for at Oregon. The Washington State kicker made a 32-yard field goal with 1:40 remaining on Friday to lead the Cougars past fifth-ranked USC 30-27, setting off pandemonium in Pullman.
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The Washington schools will continue their run as the Huskies host a scrappy Cal team and the Cougars travel to Autzen after their upset win over USC.
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Luke Falk is the first Washington State quarterback to post back-to-back wins over Oregon since Ryan Leaf in 1996-97. Falk and the Cougars will try to make it three consecutive victories over the Ducks for the first time since 1984 when they visit Autzen Stadium at 5 p.m.
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Witnessing Washington State’s win over USC is a reminder of how great it is to be a Cougar.
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There’s plenty of hope to go around, whether a team is undefeated or not. A dozen teams currently have double-digit CFP probabilities, and 25 have at least a 1 percent chance of making the playoff.