And especially if WSU’s defense plays McCaffrey like they did in 2015 in holding him to 136 all-purpose yards, his lowest output of the season.
Meanwhile, Falk and the Cougs are looking to surpass the 9-4 mark of this past season. And while the talking heads in the media often discount the numbers coming out of a Mike Leach’s offense, a trio of Leach QBs have contended for the Heisman Trophy - Kliff Kingsbury (ninth in 2002), B.J. Symons (10th in 2003) and Graham Harrell (fourth in 2008,).
Here’s why Falk is posied to join that group in 2016.
Most passing yards
Falk threw for more yards per game than anyone else in the nation last year (380.5). Coming off his first full year starting and with a tantalizing group of 2016 receivers including Gabe Marks, Falk is the favorite to again lead the nation in this category.
More national exposure
Coming off a 3-9 season in 2014, WSU played six of their first seven games on the Pac-12 Networks last year. After the 9-4 campaign of last season, the Cougs figure to land on ESPN/ABC and Fox more in the early going in 2016.
Seven home games
WSU gets Pac-12 foes Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Cal and UW at home. The Cougs play Stanford, ASU, Oregon State and Colorado on the road. It is, as AD Bill Moos has said so many times this offseason, a very favorable schedule.
Mr. Clutch is a great story
Falk’s mastery in mounting a comeback – the ’15 wins on the road over Oregon and UCLA in particular will long be remembered – are matched by a great human interest story, the kind the national media loves. If Falk gets off to a hot start, expect to hear plenty about not only his cool, calm manner under pressure, but also his scientific approach to the game that includes a rigorous diet, essential oils and constant monitoring.
Where would WSU be without him?
Every offense is dependent on its quarterback but it’s even more amplified in the Air Raid. Eight of the last 10 years, a quarterback has won the Heisman and the voters likes a guy who is talented, humble and a difference maker. You couldn’t write up a better description of Luke Falk if you tried.