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Cougars make ESPN.com top 25 for 2017

WE BREIFLY INTERRUPT the “All DL coach, All the time” portion of our program to bring you this update. ESPN.com national writer Mark Schlabach wasted no time after the national title game ended in releasing his top 25 in looking ahead to the 2017 season. Mike Leach's Cougars were one of four Pac-12 teams on his list.

Washington State checks in at No. 23  in Schlabach’s “way-too-early top 25.”

23. Washington State
2016 record: 8-5, 7-2 Pac-12
Returning starters: 7 offense, 9 defense, 2 special teams
Key losses: WR Gabe Marks, WR John Thompson, C Riley Sorenson, G Eduardo Middleton, FS Shalom Luani, WR River Cracraft

Outlook: The Cougars opened the 2016 season with two straight losses and finished with three consecutive defeats. In between, they won eight straight games and might be in position to start and finish better in 2017 if junior quarterback Luke Falk returns to school. The Cougars will miss Gabe Marks and River Cracraft, the top two receivers in school history, but their top three rushers and three starting offensive linemen are expected back. The Cougars will play Pac-12 road games at Oregon, Utah and Washington and play Stanford and USC at home.

There three other Pac-12 teams joining Wazzu in the top 25: USC (3); Washington (8); and Stanford (14). Click here for the article.

NOTABLE NOTE:
Underclassmen have until Jan. 16 to declare for the NFL draft.

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