WSU works back into the bowl picture

What a difference a (bye) week makes for Washington State Cougar football.

It looks as if WSU has worked their way back into the formula determining who will be invited to play one more game after the end of the regular season college football schedule. They may have done so while kicking Oregon to the curb in the process after their decisive win last night.

ESPN's Dave Lombardi tells the story this way:

"Oregon's bowl outlook has taken a beating. After a 51-33 loss to Washington State, the Ducks' porous defense faces Washington and California in its next two games. There's a real danger that Oregon could fall to 2-5, especially because the Golden Bears are one of the teams whose bowl stock rose Saturday, with a 28-23 upset of Utah.

At this rate, the Ducks won't make a bowl game. They must win four more games to attain eligibility. That's certainly possible, but we can't justify projecting that to happen unless their trajectory changes."

At 2-2 after their first four games, ESPN has the Cougs getting an "at large" bowl bid.

For Lombardi's complete story click here.

Some praise came from ESPN in the form of their weekly spotlight on outstanding performance recognizing players or units who answered major questions about their team. For the first time this season the "Jeopardy" response to WSU's running game was, "What Pac-12 team stood out from the rest of the conference?"

Pac-12 Week 5 helmet stickers:

Washington State run game:

The Cougars accounted for six rushing touchdowns, which just might be a first for a Mike Leach Air Raid offense. Wazzu rushed for 280 yards and Jamal Morrow, James Williams and Gerard Wicks accounted for two rushing touchdowns apiece. The Cougs’ seven-yards-per-carry average was the team’s best since the Colorado game last season (when Washington State rushed for 7.1 yards per carry). Hat tip to the Washington State offensive line on this one, too. -- Chantel Jennings, ESPN staff writer

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