ESPN preseason metric has Cougs in top 25

POLL WATCHING IN college football has morphed into a year-round news cycle -- everyone has a poll it seems. But for Washington State, it’s good offseason publicity. So it’s worth noting this week released its first preseason FPI.

The Cougs are ranked No. 25 in the ESPN Football Power Index (FPI) with a score of 11.7.  The figure, according to the Worldwide Leader, represents the margin of victory if Washington State were to face an average FBS team on a neutral field. 

ESPN ranks the Cougar offense 13th in the land, and the Cougar defense 29th.

With its rankings, ESPN is also saying the strength of the Pac-12 conference in 2017 will be in the North.

Four Pac-12 North teams are in the FPI preseason top 25, and six Pac-12 schools total. They are: UW (9th); Stanford (11th); USC (12th); Oregon (21st); UCLA (23rd) and Washington State (25th). 

Ohio State, Alabama, Oklahoma, Florida State and Auburn make up the top 5.  For the full list, click here.

Washington State opens its 2017 season at home against Montana State on Sept. 2. 

A whole lot of other polls and metrics figure to come out before then. If last year is any guide, there are *only* 187 days until the AP top 25 college football poll is released.

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