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Seven wins seems like a safe bet for this year’s Cougars

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A Bowl game seems inevitable for this year’s squad.

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The Seattle Times took a look at this year’s Cougar schedule and seemed pretty confident that the Cougars would be victorious in at least seven games on the schedule this year. The games that writer Stefanie Loh is fairly confident the Cougs will win this year are Montana State, Boise State, Oregon State, Nevada, Colorado as well as at Cal and Arizona. There are no sure things in college football, but it always fun to look at a schedule and dream on what could happen.

I personally agree that all seven of these game are winnable for a variety of reasons. Boise State and Colorado were road losses last year that are now home games and both programs lost some outstanding talent. The other five schools are just flat-out beatable opponents. If you look at seven as the baseline the question is how many more games can the Cougars pick off of the rest of the schedule. I see them once again handling Stanford and beating a tough Utah team on the road, while falling to top ten ranked opponents USC and UW and Oregon snapping their losing streak to the Crimson and Gray at home this year.

How many games do you guys think Wazzu will win this year?

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