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National pollster owned by ESPN says Cougs have a 45 percent chance to make college football playoff, IF …

WASHINGTON STATE is a virtual coin flip to make the college football national playoff? What. Have you lost it, man?! That’s what a national pollster says -- provided Washington State does one thing …

Win out.

As it stands today, FiveThirtyEight or 538, formerly licensed by the NY Times and now owned by ESPN, says Wazzu has only a 2 percent chance to make the 4-team national playoff.

But if Washington State wins its final four regular season games, the crimson chances of inclusion in the CFP soars in 538’s prediction model. The Cougs have a 45 percent chance of making the national playoff if they can run their record to 10-2. 

WSU hosts three of its final four games with only a Week 11 road trip remaining: Arizona, Cal, at Colorado, Washington.

So if the Cougs can win out, it basically becomes a coin flip for WSU to be in the national playoff?  Not bad for a  team that began the season 0-2.

If you’re interested in the methodology used by 538, CLICK HERE. But first things first. Washington State faces Arizona this Saturday (1 pm, Pac-12 Network) and Vegas as of Wednesday afternoon had the Cougs as a 17-point favorite. 

But what does 538 say about the WSU-Arizona matchup?

538 gives Washington State an 83 percent chance of winning on Saturday and running its record to 7-2, 6-0 in Pac-12 play.

To choose your own CFP scenarios, CLICK HERE.

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