ESPN’s Ted Miller examines the under-hyped Cougs

FOR THOSE WHO have long suspected the media's preseason predictions are based more on habit and past performance than on the current team, you're right. Indeed, one national writer in talking about Washington State states it outright. But give ESPN’s Ted Miller credit – at least he’s honest about it.

Why was Washington State picked fourth in the Pac-12 media poll?

“I started typing some deep personnel analysis here but, honestly, the two biggest culprits are habit and skepticism,” writes Miller.  “Washington State is behind Stanford and Oregon because Stanford and Oregon have ruled the North Division since it was created. The Cougars are behind their good buddies from Seattle because the Huskies took the Apple Cup by a 45-10 count last year and have 15 position player starters back. And how often have the Cougs been picked ahead of the Huskies in the preseason media poll?”

Miller wasn’t done.

“Are those lame reasons? Absolutely. But they speak to the random crap shooting that are preseason predictions and rankings,” said Miller.

Miller also said his picking the Cougs to finish fourth in the Pac-12 North “doesn't prevent me from believing they should be a top-25 team in the preseason.”

Washington State and Utah are Miller’s picks for the two most under-hyped teams in the Pac-12 North and South, respectively.

“Washington State has 14 position-player starters back from a nine-win team, including most of the key pieces for a potent passing attack. It wouldn't shock me if one or both ended up in the Pac-12 championship game,” said Miller.

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