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Cougar football cracks Sports Illustrated’s ‘way too early’ top 25

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Why isn’t it football season yet?

NCAA Football: Washington at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

It feels like football season should be here by now... But it’s not even close...

The Cougs won’t take the field for another 115 days, practice won’t start for another 2 and a half months, and I could go on with these depressing numbers for days if I wanted to.

But the good part about our 24/7 news cycle is that there is always an excuse to talk about football, even on May 10th. Today, Sports Illustrated give us that excuse.

SI released their “way too early” top 25 poll on Tuesday and the Cougs were able to sneak into the rankings at 22. Here’s what writer Brian Hamilton had to say about 2017 Washington State football:

Luke Falk is back, and now it’s just a matter of finding people to throw to after the departures of Gabe Marks and River Cracraft. It looks like Falk can spread the ball all over, in fact, between receivers Isaiah Johnson-Mack and Tavares Martin Jr. and running backs James Williams and Keith Harrington, all of whom were heavily involved in the pass game during the scrimmage.

The Cougs are far from the only Pac-12 team on SI’s ranking. Most of the other representatives from the “Conference of Champions” are exactly who you would expect with USC coming in at 3rd, UW placing 8th and Stanford taking the 15th spot. The big surprise here, just might be the 25th ranked Oregon Ducks, who went 4-8 last season. Hamilton praises quarterback Justin Hebert’s performance in the spring game along with a great performance from the Duck defense in the fake game as well.

Football will be here before we know it. But until then, let’s debate things like this. What do you think of the rankings. Check them out and let us know below.

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