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Who would you line the Cougars up to play before the Pac-12 schedule begins?

NCAA Football: Holiday Bowl-Minnesota vs Washington State Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, Washington State University and the University of Houston announced a “home-and-home” series for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

While the non-conference schedule allows for teams to work out their kinks and even lose a game or two without hurting their conference record, it’s still an exciting time to see how teams match up with each other outside of their usual conferences.

This got me thinking: What would your Washington State Cougar football non-conference schedule look like?

This season the Cougars host Montana State out of the dangerous Big Sky conference, Boise State, and Nevada. If the state of the program is any indicator, WSU very well could go 3-0 in these games. Or the Cougs could go 1-2. You never really know with these guys.

In the comment box below, list what your three non-conference games would be and include the game’s location (home, away, neutral?)

Personally speaking, I’d like to see WSU go against other Air-Raid offenses. Let’s host West Virigina, travel to Texas Tech, and...just for giggles, I’d like to see the Cougs travel back down to an SEC school like they did in 2013 at Auburn.

Basketball:

Washington State adds basketball graduate transfer from North Dakota | The Seattle Times
Drick Bernstine, a 6-foot-8 forward from Aurora, Colo., played the last two seasons at North Dakota.

Drick Bernstine, North Dakota transfer, lands at WSU - CougCenter
This is an excellent pick up for WSU.

Athletic Department:

WSU athletic department figures to lose more than $10 million again, but plan in place to get solvent | The Seattle Times
The recovery plan leans heavily on institutional support, increases in contributions, maximizing gate revenue from football and basketball, and perhaps, in the near future, beer sales at Martin Stadium and a student fee.

WSU AD Bill Moos on the state of Cougar athletics, coaching evaluations, facilities upgrades | The Seattle Times
Bill Moos says he likes the direction the Cougars are going with all their main revenue-generating sports. Some new facilities are also on the horizon for WSU athletics.