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Washington State Cougars picked last in Pac-12 for 2011: A fan’s reaction
The Washington State Cougars have been predicted to finish in last place in the Pac-12 Conference this year. During the 2011 Pac-12 media day, 42 voters took part in the first media poll of the college football year. There is still a bit of time before the college football season actually gets started, but it's never too early to start predicting how the teams are going to perform.
This will be the first year that the new Pac-12 Conference plays ball, as they moved to 12 teams with the addition of Colorado and Utah. That allowed the conference to be split into two divisions, meaning that there will now be the Pac-12 Championship Game at the end of each season. This will be an exciting way for the conference to decide its champion each year, and it will certainly provide a bit of extra revenue for the two schools that make it to that final game.
The Washington State Cougars are in the Pac-12 North along with California, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, and Washington. Oregon is the team that is favored to win the North Division, and the school was also picked by 28 of the 42 voters to win the championship game as well. This could be another great year for the Oregon Ducks, especially if the team can perform well against the highly-ranked LSU Tigers in the first few weeks of the season.
As for WSU, it is predicted to finish in sixth place in the North, most likely because of how badly the team has played over the past few seasons. Many jump to argue that those players were from a different coaching staff, but that could mean that coach Paul Wulff has one more chance in 2011 to prove he deserves to be the head of this team.
As a dedicated fan of the Cougars football team, it's hard to believe that they will continue to have as rough a year in 2011 as they did in 2010. There is reason to think that this team could be much improved, especially because the underclassmen have finally had the chance to develop and add bulk. Maybe that will be the key to turning it all around and making it back to a bowl game this winter.
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*Ryan is a former Washington State University student that bleeds crimson and gray. He has continued to be a die-hard Cougars supporter through the ups and downs of Cougar sports. Once a Coug; Always a Coug.
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