Pac-12 media days don't start until Wednesday, but a few of the media ballots have already been released. The official media bowl will be released on Wednesday and based off the few ballots, WSU is likely to check in at No. 5 in the Pac-12 North.
Some quick Googling turned up six media ballots and the Cougars were ranked 5th in the Pac-12 North on five of them. Kyle Bonagura of the ESPN Pac-12 blog was the only of the sixth to not rank the Cougars fifth, he bumped them up to No. 4 in the North, ahead of Oregon State.
Ted Miller, Kevin Gemmell, Chantel Jennings, Ryan Kartje and Jon Wilner all slotted WSU in at No. 5. California is the universal No. 6 in the North with Oregon the consensus No. 1 in the North. All six also picked Oregon to win the Pac-12. Those ballots are a small part of the overall media poll, but I'd be surprised if WSU isn't fifth in the North. Coming off the season it is, Cal is going to be No. 6. The Cougars might get a couple fourth-place votes, but it seems unlikely WSU will get enough to jump Oregon State, especially considering OSU might grab a third-place vote or two.
Although No. 5 in the Pac-12 North isn't very impressive, it could be much worse.
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