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ESPN: What if college football adopted Mike Leach's 64-team playoff idea? Cougs would thrive in first two rounds, projects ESPN

ESPN LIKES Mike Leach’s playoff idea for a 64-team bracket in college football so much they spent nearly 3,000 words projecting the matchups and outcomes – and that only covered the first two rounds. So how would WSU fare this season in a Big Dance format? Leach’s idea calls for a 10-game season and using its FPI rankings, ESPN pegged Washington State as a 7-seed and squaring off in a first-round matchup with Iowa.

"(7) Washington State 38, (10) Iowa 28: Luke Falk, one of the more underrated quarterbacks in college football in 2016, caps a star-studded regular season in 2017 with a 400-yard, five-touchdown performance to send the Cougars into the second round," writes ESPN.

In the second round, the Cougs would go up against 2-seed Auburn.  ESPN sees an upset.

"(7) Washington State 35, (2) Auburn 31: What an entertaining matchup of quarterbacks. Stidham is slinging the ball all over the field for the Tigers, but Falk is just a little bit better for the Cougars, who carry the Pac-12 banner into the Sweet 16."

ESPN sees four Pac-12 teams making it to the Sweet 16 -- Wazzu, USC, Stanford and Colorado.

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