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Posts tagged: Unit Grades

Grading the USC game

We look back at what units performed well against USC, and what position underperformed.


Grading the Stanford game

We hand out game grades for Washington State's 34-17 loss at Stanford, after the jump.

Grading the Utah game

Normally I try and have the unit grades ready on Monday morning, but I wasn't home in time to watch a replay of the game on Sunday so I apologize for getting these up a day late.

We don't want to keep you waiting any longer so let's get to those grades, which are after the jump.


Grading the Oregon game

Washington State went toe-to-toe with Oregon for 60 minutes on Saturday, playing well at every offensive and defensive position. The Ducks have NFL talent at quarterback, running back, receiver, offensive line, defensive line, linebacker, cornerback and safety, and if the Cougars had played poorly at even one position then UO's counter would probably have been too great to keep the score close.

But everyone rose to the challenge and it was almost enough to pull off a monumental upset.

Our unit grades are after the jump.

Grading the Portland State game

Let me preempt those of you who will see fit to remind me in the comments and on Twitter by saying that yes, as far as tests go Portland State isn't exactly the MCAT. But it's still important to ace the easy exams and Washington State clearly did that on Saturday.

Tougher tests may await but for now it's nice to know the Cougars have given themselves a little grading cushion and something to build off of.

Unit grades are after the jump.

Grading the Nevada game

The Washington State defense gets better marks this week after the Cougars' 24-13 loss at Nevada thanks to an OK if not great performance, with a little extra credit given the bind it was put in by WSU's offense.

Even with a 55-yard run by quarterback Cody Fajardo the Wolf Pack only averaged 3.8 yards per rush and only 4.2 yards per offensive play.

The defense forced a three-and-out five times, held Nevada on 12 of 18 third-down opportunities, and gave the offense plenty of chances to win.

But the offense ended a 12-game streak of scoring at least 24 points, which would have been enough to send the game to overtime.

Our individual unit grades are after the jump.

Grading the Rutgers game

Just like last season, each day following the Washington State game I'll be posting letter grades for each position unit based on my observations of how it did during the previous game. To answer an oft-asked question: No, I won't be grading the coaching staff. We're not privy to what's going on in the minds and headsets, and these grades are simply a reflection of what I can see playing out on the field.

So with that, the Rutgers position grades are after the jump.

WSU Football Unit Grades: Utah

From Pullman — The Cougars have been acing their tests of late and if they keep bringing home grades like these they just might get that Red Rider bb gun for the Holidays after all. While the Cougars weren't perfect against Utah, they graded out pretty well, particularly on offense.

Unit grades after the jump.

WSU Football Unit Grades: Arizona

From Pullman — The Cougars bring home a remarkably better report card home from the desert this week thanks to winning a critical Pac-12 matchup.

WSU at Oregon: Unit Grades

From Pullman — Things certainly could have gone worse against the Ducks. The Cougars put up more first-half points on Oregon than any other team this year, and the defense made quarterback Marcus Mariota look human, if only briefly. Still, only a pair of late-game touchdowns kept the Ducks from winning by nearly 40 and WSU's turnover problem isn't getting any better. Follow the jump for this week's unit grades.

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