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The CougCenter staff predicts the 2020 season

How is the this season going to play out? Let’s see what the experts* think.

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This is the latest installment in our series of stories previewing the 2020 Washington State Cougars football season. For other installments, click here.


Let’s be honest: Picking games this season is even more of a crapshoot than it is in every other season. It’s going to be a seven-game sprint to the finish in mid-December, and nothing about the preparation for 2020 was normal.

Still ... that won’t stop us from trying to guess how it will play out! Here are our authors’ predictions for the season.

2020 Season Predictions

Name @OSU ORE @STAN UW @USC CAL TOTAL
Name @OSU ORE @STAN UW @USC CAL TOTAL
Jeff Nusser WSU ORE STAN LOLYEAHRIGHT USC WSU 2-4
Michael Preston WSU ORE WSU LOLYEAHRIGHT USC CAL 2-4
Mark Sandritter WSU ORE WSU LOLYEAHRIGHT USC CAL 2-4
Zane Murfitt WSU ORE WSU LOLYEAHRIGHT USC WSU 3-3
Nick Nordi WSU ORE WSU LOLYEAHRIGHT USC WSU 3-3
Kevin Dudley OSU ORE WSU LOLYEAHRIGHT USC CAL 1-5
Jesse Cassino WSU ORE STAN LOLYEAHRIGHT USC CAL 1-5
Brian Anderson WSU ORE WSU LOLYEAHRIGHT USC WSU 3-3
PJ Kendall OSU ORE WSU LOLYEAHRIGHT USC CAL 1-5
Craig Powers WSU ORE WSU LOLYEAHRIGHT USC CAL 2-4

Jeff Nusser

I just have this feeling that the program was on a bit of a downward trajectory under Leach — that last season’s issues (especially on defense) weren’t just a one-off. For years, we’ve been able to ride the offense. Is that reasonable to expect with a true freshman QB? I just can’t talk myself into more than two wins out of the first six, while hoping for a third in the crossover.

Michael Preston

It’s an exhibition year unless we win the Apple Cup in which case I hang the banner from every light post in West Seattle.

Mark Sandritter

I think there will be a lot of growing pains with a new staff and a true freshman QB, but enough bright spots to make this a solid building “season” for the future.

Zane Murfitt

There is still a lot of talent on offense, even with the unknowns at QB. I think Max Borghi balls out and the defense gets some help via Dickert to keep WSU in games and steal a few

Nick Nordi

New coach, new offense, true freshman quarterback, and an already weird season - what can go wrong?

Kevin Dudley

The perfect storm rolled into Pullman this year, in that a new coaching staff didn’t get to have any spring ball, then hosted a non-traditional fall camp, and nobody on the roster has taken snaps at quarterback in a college football game. There isn’t a ton of depth at any position, really, but hey, maybe they surprise me. I’ve been wrong a time or two.

Jesse Cassino

It’s 2020. [shrug emoji]

Brian Anderson

This season is a roulette wheel of spring games. Whatever predictions you get right are luck and your heart knows that. You could tell me Max Borghi will lead the conference in rushing and scoring and Jayden de Laura is Freshman of the Year and I’d shrug and nod and say it sounds pretty damn good. They could also rotate QBs, never find a rhythm offensively, not fix anything on defense, and look like a mixture of confused, lost, and pissed off for 60 minutes on 6 Cougar Football Saturdays and not win a game. Sounds less good.

PJ Kendall

Too difficult of a climb, given the schedule, new quarterback and lack of non-conference warmups. They could win three if things break right, but it’s really hard to see more than one. This is a seven-game preseason anyway.

Craig Powers

Honestly, I have no idea.


*definitely not experts

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