Cougs No. 16 in Stewart Mandel's preseason Top 25

WASHINGTON STATE ranks No. 16 in the preseason top 25 of longtime college football writer Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports. Coming off a season where Mike Leach's Air Raid fully took flight out on the Palouse, the Cougars, Mandel says, should only get better in the passing game in 2016.

"QB Luke Falk returns after throwing for 4,561 yards, as does All-America caliber WR Gabe Marks (pictured above). The Cougars defense improved considerably last season, led by sophomore DE Hercules Mata’afa, but remains susceptible to physical running teams," says Mandel.

Other Pac-12 teams in his poll include No. 11 Stanford, No. 13 Washington, No. 14 UCLA, No. 17 Utah.  Both USC and Oregon are absent.

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The preseason top 25 Coaches poll will be released on Thursday. The Associated Press top 25 comes out Aug. 21.

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