Washington State football is coming off their best season in program history. Can Mike Leach’s team follow up their success with a great 2019?
In 2018, the Washington State Cougars were a wild ride of awesome as they set a school record with 11 wins. Riding the arm of Gardner Minshew, the Cougars rolled to their most successful season and proved they’re a legitimate contender every year under Mike Leach.
Minshew would set the Pac-12 single-season passing mark and even garnered some Heisman votes. Pullman was a place opposing defenses went to suffer agonizing defeat and then some each week.
With Minshew gone and the Cougars having lost tackle Andre Dillard to the NFL Draft, they’ll have a new look in key spots. The Cougars are hoping their success with graduate transfer quarterbacks can continue as Eastern Washington’s Gage Gubrud takes over.
Replicating 11 wins might be difficult and even if the Cougars take a natural step back this season as they bring back just seven starters on offense, they should be a team that cruises to a bowl game and yet another winning season.
The Pac-12 North is lining up to be more difficult than ever. With rival Washington a stalwart, Stanford a steady giant, Justin Herbert returning to Oregon and Cal potentially on the rise, winning this division is going to be as difficult as it gets.
Leach has some tough sledding with his squad this season and there are certain to be some classics unfold. Here’s how the Cougars could fare against their upcoming 2019 schedule.