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One of my favorite pastimes as a WSU fan is completely ignoring all rankings, polls, ratings and power rankings when the Cougars are not good, only to obsess about all polls, ratings and rankings when the Cougs win a couple of games.

If you are like me, that means you have also begun obsessing over basketball polls and KenPom rankings this season. The Cougs are 6-0 and therefore I think it is completely absurd they are not ranked in the top 10 of all polls and rankings yet.

Of course, they are not. In fact, according to the latest KenPom rankings, they are the No. 137 team in the country, the exact same spot they began the year. Media bias strikes again!!

Or not. Let’s let Jeff explain the situation:

The real takeaway here is that WSU moved up 10 spots by smashing Montana State. So all the Cougars need to do is continue winning games by 28 points and they will keep moving up the rankings. Get on that, Kyle Smith.

Wherever they are ranked. I have to admit it’s nice to care about rankings, polls, ratings and power rankings again.

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Football:

Utah football report card: Utes show potential of what they could be in win over Washington State - Deseret News
Utah football had a comeback for the ages on Saturday afternoon, rallying from a 28-7 halftime deficit before scoring 38 consecutive points to finish the season with a 45-28 win. Here are the...

Utah football ended COVID-fueled 2020 with a wild finish, Drew Lisk’s shining moment vs. Washington State
Drew Lisk — the redshirt senior quarterback who played in six games for the University of Utah from 2016-19 and none this season until he was thrust into duty late in the first half Saturday afternoon vs. Washington State — helped the Utes score 38 unanswered points to defeat the Cougars, 45-28, to finish this weird, unprecedented season at 3-2 with three straight wins.

Washington State rewind: Season-long depth issues bite Cougars again in finale at Utah | The Spokesman-Review
The most peculiar Washington State football season in at least a half-century is (finally) in the rearview mirror, following the Cougars’ third consecutive defeat – a 45-28 loss to Utah on Saturday at Rice-Eccles Stadium.

Women’s Basketball:

Oregon vs. Washington State - Game Preview - December 21, 2020 - ESPN
Get a preview of the Oregon Ducks vs. Washington State Cougars basketball game.

Oregon Ducks women's basketball want 7-0 start at Washington State
The Oregon Ducks are coming off a blowout win at Washington while Cougars rallied to beat No. 21 Oregon State at home.

Oregon State women's basketball pauses activities due to COVID-19 positive test
The Beavers were set to play Washington on Monday.