Washington State University ranks 23rd in national Top 25 poll

Washington State University ranks 23rd in national Top 25 poll

The Washington State Cougars will open the 2019 football season as the No. 23 team in the country, after making the cut on the Associated Press’ preseason Top 25 poll.

This is only the fourth time in school history WSU has opened the season in the Top 25, and are ranked behind Pac-12 conference foes Oregon (No. 11), University of Washington (No. 13) and Utah (No. 14).

WSU opens the season on Saturday, August 31, hosting New Mexico State.

They are still looking for a new quarterback to fill the shoes of Gardner Minshew, who was the Pac-12 offensive player of the year last season. Additionally, the team is looking to fill the void left by safety Jalen Thompson, who is now entering the NFL a year earlier after he violated an NCAA rule and lost his final year of eligibility.

Despite going to four back-to-back bowl games, a record for the school, WSU is only predicted to finish fourth in the Pac-12 North this year.

The Cougars are excited to prove the doubters wrong again.