SB Nation’s Bill Connelly
In a lengthy, numbers-heavy breakdown, Connelly goes through Washington State’s nine-win season last year and projects the team for 6.2 wins this year. Only an injury, he writes, will keep star quarterback Luke Falk from 5,000 yards. But is that enough? After a decade of futility and a breakout season, the Cougars are experienced enough to improve on paper, but if their good luck turns, they could easily finish with a worse record.
“I am indeed a little bit concerned about expectations this year. When you win nine games and return as much as WSU does (especially on offense), the inclination is to set the bar awfully high. But the Cougars really weren’t significantly better than they had been in the previous two years. And while they will almost certainly improve again in 2016, their record may not.” less