Second-half outlook: Washington State

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Washington State

Record: 1-5, 0-4

Washington State is better than it was a year ago but it isn't good enough to win games in the Pac-10. Its best hope for a conference win is probably at home against UCLA on Nov. 14 -- it might be pretty cold in Pullman that afternoon -- or in the season-ending Apple Cup, because rivalry games can be nuts (see last year). What will make the second half a success for the Cougs is at least one upset win and consistently competitive performances.

Remaining schedule: at California, Notre Dame (San Antonio), at Arizona, UCLA, Oregon State, at Washington.

Best-case scenario: Playing in snow and sub-zero temperatures, the Cougars outlast UCLA and then shock the homestanding Huskies in the Apple Cup to finish the season 3-9.

Worst-case scenario: Washington State not only finishes 1-11, the Cougars get blown out in their final six games, including an ugly performance in Husky Stadium.

Prediction: No bowl.