Where Athlon predicts WSU in Pac-12 North

ATHLON SAYS the Cougars, with quarterback Luke Falk and a number of playmakers returning, offer fans plenty of reasons to expect Washington State to contend again for the Pac-12 North title in 2017. On the other hand …

Athlon ranks Washington State outside its top 25 at No. 28 and also predicts WSU will finish fourth in the Pac-12 North.

"Washington State has been a program on the rise in recent years and with prolific quarterback Luke Falk back, the Cougars should be in the mix in the Pac-12 North once again. As impressive as Falk has been, Washington State also has a surprisingly strong running game and solid offensive line to lean on.

"The defense has been transformed under coordinator Alex Grinch and returns plenty of experience. Mike Leach-coached teams are known for their offense, but this Cougars squad has the pieces to get the job done on the other side of the ball too," says Athlon.

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