WSU’s best preseason poll ranking yet

OVER THE LAST three seasons, McIllece Sports has been the most accurate forecaster of preseason magazines/sites in college football, according to So what does McIllece say about Washington State in 2017?

McIllece has Washington State at No. 12 in the nation, projecting the Cougs to finish with a 9-3 regular season record.

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McIllece also projects WSU to finish second in the Pac-12 North, with a 23 percent chance to win the division based on 100,000 simulations.

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While McIllece slots WSU at No. 12, Athlon, Street and Smith and Lindy do not include WSU in their top 25 polls.

Washington State earlier this offseason was ranked No. 21 in Fox Sports’ top 25 poll.  Sports Illustrated, Sporting News and ESPN ranked WSU 22nd, 23rd and 25th, respectively, in their top 25 polls.

WSU opens the 2017 season with its first five games at home.


Sept. 2 – Montana State

Sept. 9 – Boise State

Sept. 16 – Oregon State

Sept. 23 – Nevada

Sept. 29 – USC

Oct. 7 – at Oregon

Oct. 13 – at California

Oct. 21 – Colorado (Homecoming)

Oct. 28– at Arizona

Nov. 4 – Stanford (Dad's Weekend)

Nov. 11 – at Utah

Nov. 18 – BYE

Nov. 25 – at Washington (Apple Cup)

(home games in bold face)

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