ESPN's Kevin Gemmell released his Pac-12 Power Rankings Sunday morning and the Cougs are the new No. 1 in a move that certainly should astonish preseason pundit predictors, Thats's what seven consecutive conference wins, and an eight game winning streak, will do.
1. Washington State 8-2, 7-0 (No. 2 last week)
The Cougars have ripped off eight straight wins and sit alone atop the Pac-12 North standings. No team has gone undefeated in conference play since the league expanded. Following Washington’s loss to USC, the Cougars carry the banner. After dispatching Cal 56-21 Saturday, a showdown in Boulder looms next week against Colorado. Then the much-ballyhooed Apple Cup."
To read how Gemmell sorted out the other eleven teams in the Pac-12, click HERE.
And in order to appreciate the Cougars' rise this season, consider that Gemmell had the Cougs rated No. 4 in his preseason power rankings -- and then dropped WSU to No. 12 for the next three weeks.
Meanwhile, Kyle Bonagura had six helmet stickers to pass out this week for top performances in the Pac-12. Cougar running back Gerard Wicks received one of them.
All of the Cougars’ usual suspects had big nights in a 56-21 win over Cal, including WR Gabe Marks, who set the Pac-12’s career receptions record (295), but Wicks gets the helmet sticker after rushing for a career-high 128 yards on just nine carries. Before Saturday, the longest carry of his career was 24 yards, but he broke one for 59 yards against Cal.
You can read Bonagura's complete article on the other players who caught his attention by clicking HERE
Ten games into the Pac-12 season Washington State stands alone as the only team undefeated in Pac-12 play. Washington State controls their own destiny to earn a spot in the conference championship game. As if there isn't enough meaning in the annual Apple Cup, it will be the game that determines which team wins the Pac-12 North, assuming UW wins on Saturday over ASU.