Wilner tabbed the Cougs’ schedule as the eighth-easiest in the Pac-12:
Washington State: Mulled the Cougars’ ranking relative to Arizona State and UCLA and ended up with them in the middle. They play Boise State and Stanford on the road, but USC isn’t on the schedule and most of the toughest games are in Pullman (i.e., UCLA, Oregon and UW). Put another way: For a rising program hoping to make a run at the North title, the schedule could be worse.
Wilner also noted the rankings reflect his view that the North is the tougher of the two divisions.
Wilner’s schedule rankings, from easiest to toughest:
8. Washington State
7. Arizona State
6. Oregon State
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Wilner’s SOS differs quite a bit from ESPN’s. ESPN’s Pac-12 SOS rankings, from easiest to toughest:
10. Washington State
5. Oregon State