Newsline: WSU among CFB top 10 teams on the rise

ATHLON ON Thursday added to the preseason love for Washington State, tabbing the Cougs among college football’s top 10 teams on the rise.

Washington State finishing just outside the final 2015-16 top 25 Associated Press and Coaches polls (27th and 29th, respectively) has already helped shine a lot of light on the 2016 Cougs.

Athlon points to quarterback Luke Falk and receiving targets Gabe Marks and River Cracraft for including WSU among its top 10 teams on the rise.

“Replacing the left side of the offensive line is (Mike) Leach’s biggest priority in spring ball. The defense took a step forward in Alex Grinch’s first season as the coordinator. After giving up 38.6 points a game in 2014, the Cougars cut that total to 27.7 in 2015. Linemen Destiny Vaeao and Darryl Paulo are big losses, but there are reasons to be optimistic on this side of the ball. Cornerback Darrien Molton and safety Shalom Luani are two building blocks in the secondary, while linebacker Peyton Pelluer returns after leading the team with 101 stops in 2015.

"The Cougars also have a favorable conference schedule, with UCLA, Arizona, Washington and Oregon visiting Martin Stadium next fall,” says Athlon.

Athlon also picks the Huskies as one of their 10 teams on the rise, adding that it wouldn’t be a surprise to see two of the Pac-12’s best teams reside in the Evergreen State this coming season.

You can read the article HERE.

Athlon last week pegged WSU No. 23 in its Top 25 poll.

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