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Washington State's 'dream' bowl scenario in 2016-2017

According to one writer, the Cougars' dream bowl scenario involves a former Leach assistant and a game played in the southwest. (No, not Pasadena or San Diego.)

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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.

You can read his full reasoning right here, but I'm still in full belief that the Cougars will find themselves in the Pac-12 Championship Game, followed by the Rose Bowl.


Dream Scenarios for Every 2016-17 College Football Bowl Matchup | Bleacher Report
WSU vs. West Virginia, Cactus Bowl (Jan. 2, 2017)

Better know a nonconference opponent: Boise State - Pac-12 Blog- ESPN
Pac-12 schools Washington State and Oregon State face Boise State in their nonconference schedules this upcoming season.


Looking ahead: Washington State still trying to find its traction - Men's College Basketball Blog- ESPN
Washington State lost its final 17 games last season, then lost some key players to transfers. But Ernie Kent's team expects to be more competitive.

Cougars Attract Record Numbers at Day Camp - Washington State University Official Athletic Site