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Examining Washington State’s 2019 football schedule

The Cougs have a tough road schedule this season, but some nicely placed bye weeks should help.

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Don’t look now Coug fans, but there are 70 days until Cougar football. There’s plenty of lake time between now and then, but before you know it, Pac-12 Media Day will come and soon after, Sacajawea Junior High in Lewiston, Idaho, will be flooded with college football players.

In that spirit, I thought it’d be good to examine WSU’s football schedule. Also, there’s not much else going on out there.

Bill Connelly, now formerly of SB Nation, had an in-depth look at the Cougs’ upcoming season. Part of his preview is to give win probabilities for each game:

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If you trust the win probabilities, then the Cougs are only losing three games. Bill has them squeaking out a win at Arizona State, and apparently we’re going to absolutely crush Northern Colorado. Can’t wait.

Some additional thoughts on the schedule:

  • That game at Houston should be all sorts of fun. Both teams have prolific offenses, and Houston’s defense is a work in progress. Beware of the short travel week for WSU, though. Now, watch the game end 13-10.
  • This is the year of the double bye in college football, thanks to the 2019 calendar. WSU’s byes are Oct. 6 (between at Utah and at Arizona State) and Nov. 2 (between at Oregon and at Cal).
  • Those are some nicely placed bye weeks. Playing Utah and Arizona State on the road on back-to-back weekends would be brutal. Same goes for playing Oregon and Cal on the road on back-to-back weekends. Thank you, schedule makers.
  • The toughest three-game stretch looks to be at Oregon on Oct. 26, at Cal on Nov. 9 and home against Stanford on Nov. 16. Of course, the bye week between Oregon and Cal makes that three-game stretch a little more manageable.
  • If you’re looking for a tough three-game stretch that doesn’t include a bye, I guess you’d go with at Arizona State, home against Colorado, and at Oregon.
  • I’ve written it once but I’ll say it again: There’s a decent chance College GameDay heads to Salt Lake City on Sept. 28 if both Utah and WSU are unbeaten.
  • College GameDay making a return to Pullman for a second year in a row seems out of the cards, although weirder things have happened. Who knows, maybe the stars align and WSU and Colorado are worthy of a visit. Who knows?!?!


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