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Pro Football Focus: Cougar offensive line is among the 10 best in all of college football; only Pac-12 team on the list

WITH THE regular season in the books, Pro Football Focus has graded all the offensive lines in all the games to date. Where does Washington State rank? Spoiler alert: Only one Pac-12 team is on the PFF list of the top 10 offensive lines in college football.

The Cougar hog mollies coached by Clay McGuire finish the regular season ranked seventh on PFF's list.

7. Washington State 83.8
There’s no doubting that Washington State’s Air Raid system aids in their success, but the unit has still exceeded their high expectations this season. They’ve dropped back to pass 670 times, allowing only 80 pressures, good for a 90.5 pass blocking efficiency that ranks fourth in the nation. They’ve run blocked better than most Mike Leach-led teams, particularly at guard where Cody O’Connell’s 91.7 overall grade ranks second in the country and his 85.4 run block grade leads the team. The entire line ranks among the top players at their respective positions as the offensive line has been the foundation of Washington State’s high-powered offense.

PFF says its methodology "assesses just how much each line is contributing in the running game and how well they’re protecting in the pass game, all while adjusting based on situation and quality of opponent."

The same five -- LT Andre Dillard, LG Cody O'Connell C Riley Sorenson, RG Eduardo Middleton and RT Cole Madison started every game but one this season. B.J. Salmonson started in place of Cody O'Connell against Oregon State, but O'Connell returned to the lineup in the second half against the Beavs.

You can see the complete list plus more on the methodology HERE.

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