1. WASHINGTON STATE WIN TOTAL PREDICTION: WHAT’S GOING TO HAPPEN
It’s asking a lot to come up with another 11-win season, but the 2019 team is better in several ways.
The receiving corps is loaded and more experienced. The O line is terrific – despite the loss of OT Andre Dillard – and the D line should keep bringing the pass rush after leading the Pac-12 in sacks.
It’s Washington State, so the quarterback will put up massive numbers – whether it’s Gage Gubrud or Anthony Gordon – and the team will always be in every game by being in control with the mid-range passing attack.
But this time around, the schedule should be a whole lot more dangerous in a much tougher Pac-12.
Set The Regular Season Win Total At … 8
There isn’t a game on the slate the Cougars can’t win. They have the talent, the depth, and the schemes to be deep in the hunt for the Pac-12 title, but the slate is brutal.
Start with road games at Utah, Arizona State, Oregon, Cal and Washington. Be ecstatic with wins it at least three of those five games, but it could be a fight to come up with two.
UCLA will be better. Houston will be stronger. Colorado and Stanford will be more dangerous, too. But after 20 wins in the last two seasons, and with four straight years with eight wins or more, figure that Wazzu will find a way to somehow get to the mark. It’ll take a special set of circumstances to do more.