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ESPN maps out the projected wins and losses by Wazzu in 2017 season

WASHINGTON STATE is a huge favorite over Boise State in Week Two. And Wazzu is a virtual coin flip to run its record to 5-0 with a win over USC. Those are some of the takeaways in looking at ESPN’s preseason Football Power Index (FPI) on the 2017 Cougars.

ESPN gives Boise State only a 17.5 percent chance of beating the Cougs in Pullman on Sept. 9.   WSU also has an 82 percent of chance beating Oregon State in Week Three, and a 96.2 percent chance of topping Nevada the following week.

WSU has a 98.8 percent chance of beating Montana State in its opener according to ESPN.

The Cougs are an underdog in Week Five against USC.  But it’s a virtual coin flip, with WSU holding a 46.4 percent chance of running its record to 5-0 against Southern Cal.

Interestingly, ESPN gives the Cougs less of a chance at Oregon the following week: Wazzu has a 40.3 percent chance of beating the Ducks.

ESPN predicts three wins to follow: at Cal (75.5 percent); Colorado (77.6 percent) and at Arizona (68.8 percent).

In Week 10, ESPN projects Washington State will lose at home to Stanford but it’s close: WSU has a 43.4 percent chance of beating the Cardinal.

The Cougs are predicted to win at Utah (64.4 percent) before losing at UW (26.3 percent) to finish 8-4 on the season.

NOTABLE NOTES:

  • WSU is slotted 13 spots higher this year, it was No. 38 in last year's preseason FPI.
  • Six Pac-12 teams are listed in the ESPN FPI top 25:  UW (9); Stanford (11); USC (12); Oregon (21); UCLA (23) and WSU (25).  Ohio State is No. 1, Alabama No. 2 and Oklahoma is No. 3.
  • Misses: In last year's preseason FPI, ESPN projected the Cougs had a 97.2 percent chance of beating Eastern in the season opener. Other misses included WSU with just a 26 percent chance of beating Stanford on the road, a 34.9 percent chance of taking care of business at home vs. UCLA and a 47.3 percent chance of beating ASU on the road.  Back in 2015, WSU was given a 97.1 percent chance at beating Portland State by the FPI, and just an 8 percent chance to beat Oregon and a 9.3 percent chance to top UCLA.

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