With six weeks left until fall camp begins, there is still a lot of time to daydream about which bowl game the Washington State Cougars will receive a berth to in the 2016 season. After an impressive 9-4 campaign last season, is the Holiday Bowl in the Cougars' sight this season? What about the Rose Bowl? Regardless, it should be a fun season and it all gets started on Sept. 3 against the Eastern Washington Eagles.
Over at Bleacher Report, college football analyst Justin Ferguson released his dream scenarios for all 40 FBS bowl games. His justification for each match-up is pretty simple: which head coaches, power programs, and offensive/defensive styles should face off against each other for ultimate bragging rights. Ferguson reminds that these aren't his actual bowl projections, but they sure would be a lot of fun.
Ferguson would like to see Washington State face off against West Virginia at the Cactus Bowl in Phoenix. A Cactus Bowl bid would mean the Cougars didn't build off their successful 2015, considering the tie-in to the Cactus Bowl is the #6 team in the Pac-12. However, watching the Cougars take on the Mountaineers would be extremely fun for several reasons.
WVU head coach Dana Holgorsen was an assistant at Texas Tech from 2000-2007 under Mike Leach. That creates a "teacher vs. student" storyline. The Mountaineers run a similar Air Raid-style offense and Ferguson believes this game would set the NCAA record for total pass attempts in a single game.
Dream Scenarios for Every 2016-17 College Football Bowl Matchup | Bleacher Report
WSU vs. West Virginia, Cactus Bowl (Jan. 2, 2017)
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