Despite Hurdles, Washington State Is No. 48 In 2018 Preseason College Football Rankings

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Washington State has been trending upward during the past three seasons, with the Cougars winning more games (26) than in the previous eight seasons combined.

A tumultuous offseason saw speculation surrounding Mike Leach’s future as well as massive changes on and off the field. But despite it all, Washington State has enough talent to land at No. 48 in Orlando Sentinel college insider Matt Murschel preseason 2018 college football rankings. Murschel ranked all 129 Football Bowl Subdivision teams in the country. The Sentinel staff takes a closer look at a new team daily, counting backward from No. 129 to our projected No. 1 team.

Today at No. 48 : Washington State

Coach: Mike Leach (38-38, entering seventh season; 122-81 overall)

2017 record: 9-4, 6-3 in the Pac-12 Conference; third in the North Division

Look back: Washington State opened the 2017 campaign with six consecutive victories for the first time since 2001. The hot start was fueled, in part, by a stellar defensive performance, including a shutout in the season opener and a 30-27 victory over No. 5 USC. But the success was short-lived, with the Cougars inexplicably dropping their next game 37-3 to California. The team won three of its next five games to finish with nine wins for the second time in the past three seasons.

Offensive starters returning: 4

Offensive starters lost: 7

Source : http://www.orlandosentinel.com/sports/college-football-rankings/os-sp-college-football-rankings-washington-state-0710-story.html

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