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Letters to the editor: Cougars could follow solid 2016 football season with better record

Quarterback Luke Falk and his Washington State Cougars are looking for another good football season in 2017. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Quarterback Luke Falk and his Washington State Cougars are looking for another good football season in 2017. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

Cougars have shot

at improved record

An 8-5 record is respectable in the Pac-12 and acts as an anchor in the ever-changing tide that is college football. The 2017 season will show the Cougars facing off against three of the teams that defeated them in the 2016 campaign – Washington, Boise State and Colorado.

The 2017 schedule has WSU at home against Boise State and Colorado but has the regular season ending in Husky Stadium in the Apple Cup. WSU will also be pitted again against Oregon, which has years before it rebuilds to any semblance of former glory. Arizona, Oregon State, Nevada, Montana State and California should be stat-sheet stuffers for the Cougars. Stanford’s also back on the list. Although the Cardinal got annihilated by WSU last year, that same conclusion cannot be taken for granted this year. But the concern really arrives in the threats of USC and Utah. In 2016, the Trojans went 10-3 while the Utes were 9-4. Both powerhouses won bowl games.

If WSU wins against Colorado and Utah, it stands a valid chance of finishing 9-3 with a guaranteed bowl game afterward.

Chris Gorman

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