Last season, Washington State finished No. 31 in ESPN’s Football Power Index. This season, if the FPI is correct, the Cougs are in for a slide. ESPN recently released its 2020 FPI projections and WSU checked in at No. 58.
At No. 58, the Cougars would be the No. 10 team in the Pac-12 and projected to win 5.6 games 2020. The FPI does give the Cougars a 52% chance of winning six games and becoming bowl eligible. WSU has just a 0.8% chance to win the Pac-12 North and a 0.1% chance to win the Pac-12.
The FPI projects three Pac-12 teams to be in the top 25, led by Oregon at No. 8. ESPN projects the Ducks will win 10.6 games with a whopping 86.2% chance to win the Pac-12 North. Washington at 5.7%, Stanford at 4.8% and California at 2.3% sit above WSU in the Pac-12.
Heading into the 2019 season, the FPI predicted WSU would win 7.4 games. The Cougars slightly underperformed that estimate finishing the season with six wins.
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Gordon, meanwhile, set records in his lone season in the Palouse, and while his team lost the Apple Cup and he went undrafted, he doesn’t have to go far after signing as a free agent with the Seahawks.
2019 Pac-12 Football Recreation: The Week 5 results are in - Pacific Takes
No. 19 Washington State (4-1, 1-1) 7, Stanford (2-2, 0-2) 3
In what is perhaps the biggest shocker of the weekend, the Washington State Cougars put up just seven points.