GERARD WICKS, JAMAL MORROW, LUKE FALK (Cougfan.com/Commons)

ESPN: Washington State arguably has the best group of running backs in the Pac-12

WASHINGTON STATE each of the past two seasons has fought its way into the top 25 and peaked at No. 20, before falling out of the polls and finishing the season unranked. The expectation for 2017 is the Cougs will change that and finish the season in the top 25 -- and in part fueled by the argument Washington State will feature the best group of running backs in the Pac-12 this season.

ESPN has three questions about Wazzu heading into this season.

1. How will the Cougs deal with high expectations?

2. What does Luke Falk have in store for his senior season?

3. Will the Cougar offense be more balanced?

First of all the Cougs, obviously, need to take care of business in Week One against Montana State. "After losing to FCS schools the last two seasons, another embarrassing hiccup would be beyond deflating," writes Kyle Bonagura.

Secondly, Falk is poised to break Pac-12 career passing records for yards and TDs and Bonagura says Heisman consideration could be in the cards: "He'll have the stats, it's just a question of if he'll have the wins."

Last but not least, when it comes to recruiting running backs and Washington State, this is a quote worth saving referring to James Williams, Keith Harrington, Jamal Morrow and Gerard Wicks:  "Leach isn't going to morph into David Shaw any time soon, but he'll have arguably the best group of running backs in the conference next season."

For the full ESPN blog entry, click here.

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