UW Football: Who will challenge for the Pac-12 North crown?

PULLMAN, WA - NOVEMBER 25: Chico McClatcher
PULLMAN, WA - NOVEMBER 25: Chico McClatcher /
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The case for Washington State

Washington State finished second in the North standings a season ago at 7-2 in the Pac-12. The Cougars’ typical high powered offense propelled them over some weaker Pac-12 secondaries and they were legitimate contenders all the way until the Apple Cup in the final week of the season.

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    Cougars can score

    On one hand, the Washington State University Cougars lose a few notable players on each side of the ball.

    On the other hand, the team returns its star quarterback Luke Falk for his senior year. Falk threw for 4468 yards and 38 touchdowns in 2016 and he’s a dark house to compete for the Heisman trophy.

    Although Washington State’s defense will be suspect again, its offensive firepower competes with any program in the nation. The Cougars have found a way to win games without slowing other offenses down.  And you know those Cougars always find extra motivation to prepare for the Washington Huskies.