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Cougs drop like a stone in ESPN power rankings

WASHINGTON STATE was ranked No. 4 in ESPN’s Pac-12 preseason power rankings. After another season opening loss, to another FCS team, where do the Cougs now stand in ESPN’s metric?

Dead last in the conference. 

“Really? ... Again? The Cougars showed in 2015 that you can lose to an FCS team in Week 1 and still go on to have an extremely productive season. But last year’s momentum (nine wins, a bowl victory) is officially stunted,” writes Kevin Gemmell.

ESPN has Washington at No. 1 in the its Pac-12 rankings, followed by Stanford, Oregon, Utah, UCLA, Colorado, Cal, USC, ASU, Arizona, Oregon State and WSU.

Up next is WSU's first road game of the season at Boise State (7:15 pm, ESPN2). The Cougs opened as a 12-point underdog to BSU. The current betting line early Sunday afternoon was 10 1/2.

ESPN’s weekly bowl projections have WSU dropping down to an “at large” bid, one of nine Pac-12 teams ESPN projects to get bowl bids.

The Cougs had some company in dealing with disappointing season opener – the Pac-12 went 7-5 in Week One.

With Sunday and Monday games featuring Notre Dame vs. Texas and Florida State vs. Ole Miss, the AP and Coaches polls aren’t expected to come out until Monday night/Tuesday morning. WSU was in the “others receiving votes” category in the preseason polls, effectively ranked No. 29 and 30.  But it’s hard to imagine after the loss to Eastern the Cougs will be getting much love at all when the polls are released after Week One.

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