NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars blogger Britton Ransford brings us the 2012 Cougars NCAA football preview. The season is less than a week away. Here’s a breakdown of the coaching, the offense, the defense, the special teams, players, and what their chances are. Mike Leach is ready to go. Intrigue has focused around the quarterback battle between senior Jeff Tuel and redshirt sophomore Connor Halliday.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars blogger Jordin Ereth gives us five good reasons why Mike Leach was the right choice to turn around the bottom feeder Washington State Cougar football program. First off, his track record speaks for itself. 10 straigh years with a bowl appearence at Texas Tech. The Cougars have only been to ten in the last century! The Texas pipeline will open up new opportunities for the Cougs as well.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars blogger Britton Ransford reports on the Cougs NCAA football preaseason award lists as released by various committee’s. Possible Heisman trophy, Maxwell, Biletnikoff, and Butkis Award candidates? Here you go. Andrew Furney, Jeff Tuel, Connor Halliday, Marquess Wilson, Travis Long are the Cougars nominated in 2012. Here’s a breakdown of the players, and what their awards chances are.
NWSB Insider and Washington State Cougars blogger Jordin Ereth predicts the men on Mike Leach’s defensive side of the ball that will have impact seasons in 2012 for WSU. Xavier Cooper , Travis Long, Damante Horton, Chester Su’a and Deone Bucannon. Defensive Coordinator Mike Breske’s system and Leach’s offense seem to be a match made in heaven. We all hope so for WSU’s Pac 12 hopes.
NWSB Editor and Washington State Cougars blogger Britton Ransford predicts the statistics for the top WSU football performers in 2012. Making the list are Jeff Tuel, Marquess Wilson, Travis Long, Chester Sua, and Andrei Lintz. It’s a new season with a new coach and college football is back. Mike Leach will have the Cougs ready to go come week 1 of the 2012 season.
NWSB Writer Britton Ransford profiles the top 5 players to watch on offense for the Washington St. Cougars this upcoming 2012 season. Obviously the quarterback position is going to have a instrumental impact on any offense. Jeff Tuel put some distance between himself and Connor Halliday in the quarterback battle this spring. It’s impossible to exclude WSU wideout Marquess Wilson from this list too.
NW Sports Beat Insider and Washington State Cougars blogger Britton Ransford addresses what the Cougars need to do to win a Pac 12 football Title. He points out this is Jeff Tuel’s team. He’s completely healthy for the first time in his WSU tenure. He also says the acquisition of Mike Leach and the implementation of the air raid offense has invigorated life into a once dormant fan base.
NWSB Insider and Washington St. Cougars blogger Britton Ransford tells us all about the on going renovations known as the Cougar Football Project. A huge donation by Cougar Alum Greg Rankich has started the ball rolling. Started after the final game of the 2011 football season, the project will fully renovate two sections, and will take about 15 months for full completion.
NW Sports Beat Editor and Writer Chris Anderson looks at the early Pac 12 point spreads and picks the Washington State games that are sure to give you the satisfaction of more money in your pocket. One game that is analyzed is the Colorado Buffalo – Washington State match-up. Jeff Tuel, Marquess Wilson, and Mike Leach will be key to Cougar success.
NWSB Insider and Washington St. Cougars blogger Britton Ransford tells us his top 5 matchups on the Cougars schedule for the 2012 season. Luckily for the Cougs, they miss out on USC this year, but there will still be some tough games in the Oregon, Colorado, and Cal matchups. And last but not least, what Pac-12 season would not be complete without the annual Apple Cup game. Look for the Cougs to start fast, and earn that elusive 6th victory this year en route to a bowl game.
NWSB Insider and Washington St. Cougars blogger Britton Ransford tells us his top 5 Cougs players to know that are NEW in 2012. Eric Oertel, Xavier Cooper, Dominique Williams, Andrei Lintz, Travis Long are all primed to have seasons in which they introduce themselves in a big way to the fans of the WSU Cougars.
NWSB Insider and Washington St. Cougars blogger Britton Ransford weighs in with his Cougars football worst moments. For starters 2009. Washington State fielded arguably one of the worst teams in college football history. Or Mike Price leaving for Alabama. Or January 1, 1998. Who wishes they didn’t see Michigan’s Brian Griese vs. WSU’s Ryan Leaf in an epic showdown. All Cougs fans want to forget these moments in time.