ESPN now projects Cougs in a better bowl; where Washington State fits in ESPN power rankings, River Cracraft gets helmet sticker

WASHINGTON STATE was left for dead by ESPN just a few weeks ago. Done. Buried. But the Cougs trounced No. 15 Stanford 42-16 on Saturday. And Wazzu is on a three-game win streak where they've outscored the competition 103-55. Add it all up and the World Wide Leader now sees the Cougs being picked by a bowl selection committee sooner than they were a year ago.

WSU was projected on Sunday by ESPN to go the Foster Farms Bowl. In the Pac-12 bowl selection order, Foster Farms picks its team after the Rose, Alamo and Holiday.  After the Foster Farms, the Sun makes its selection.

Nine Pac-12 teams are projected to get bowl bids by ESPN. You can find it HERE.

COUGAR Y RECEIVER River Cracraft got a "helmet sticker" for his Saturday night performance down on The Farm from ESPN's Kyle Bonagura.

"In the Cougars’ 42-16 rout of No. 15 Stanford, Cracraft was QB Luke Falk’s favorite target. Cracraft caught seven passes for 130 yards and this ridiculous 16-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to make it 35-10. Rogers’ catch for USC was more important in that game, but we’ll go ahead and give Cracraft the edge on degree of difficulty. All of a sudden, the Apple Cup looks like it could be the game of the season in the Pac-12 as Washington’s two schools are the only remaining unbeaten in conference play," writes Bonagura.

ESPN's PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS found Washington State on Sunday sitting behind Colorado, ASU, Utah and UW. Here's what Kevin Gemmell had to say:

"5. Washington State (3-2, 2-0; No. 9 last week)
After a sluggish start to the season, the Cougars have averaged 50 points per game in their last three. You might have been able to dismiss the Oregon game last week as the Ducks just having a weak defense. But even an injured Stanford defense warrants some credibility, and Washington State was more than up to the task in its 42-16 win. The biggest area of recent improvement has been on defense, where the Cougars have six sacks and 10 tackles for a loss in the last two weeks," writes Gemmell.

WASHINGTON STATE opened as a 1 1/2 point favorite over UCLA on Sunday. 

The line, at press time. has since moved to WSU being favored by 3 1/2 points.


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