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2016 Schedule
8-5, 2nd in Pac 12 - North
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Mike Leach's season ran aground

Wazzu's eight-game winning streak was followed by three closing losses, including one to a Minnesota team that nearly skipped the Holiday Bowl. Leach is left answering more questions heading into the 2017 season. Coaches' stock (Insider)

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Two major returns for Cougars

Cody O'Connell went from a backup in 2015 to one of the nation's most acclaimed linemen. And Luke Falk returns for his senior season with a staggering 10,629 career passing yards and 1,017 completions. Top 25 returning players (Insider)

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is Washington State's schedule in 2017: Sept. 2 vs Montana State; Sept. 9 vs Boise State; Sept. 16 vs Oregon State; Sept. 23 vs Nevada; Sept. 29 vs USC; Oct. 8 at Oregon; Oct. 13 at Cal; Oct. 21 vs Colorado; Oct. 28 at Arizona; Nov. 4 vs Stanford; Nov. 11 at Utah; Nov. 25 at Washington

Cougars still OK after draft declaration

Washington State will benefit from the return of QB Luke Falk for his senior season, writes Adam Rittenberg. Falk has thrown for 10,888 yards and 89 touchdowns in his past three seasons. Winners and losers (Insider)

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7dChantel Jennings

Pac-12 NFL draft early-entry winners and losers

Oregon and Washington State should feel good about their returning players, but the same can't be said for Stanford after it lost Christian McCaffrey.

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8dDavid Lombardi

Washington State 2016 season grades

The 2016 season left a little to be desired for Washington State, but it was still a successful one.

Ted Miller ESPN Senior Writer 

Washington State QB Luke Falk, who ranked fourth in the nation with 343.7 yards passing per game, made it official Wednesday that he will return for his senior season. His return will make the Cougars a contender in the PAC-12's North Division. His statement: "After much consideration I wanted to let Cougar football fans know that I will be returning for my senior season in 2017. The chance to play one final season with my teammates and friends, continue our development under a great coaching staff, and the opportunity to achieve more for Washington State football all went into my decision. We have much more to accomplish and I am excited to spend another season in Pullman. Thanks for all your support. Go Cougs!"

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14dMark Schlabach

Alabama, Florida State lead Way-Too-Early 2017 Top 25

Alabama loses the bulk of its menacing defense, but there's plenty of talent waiting in the wings. Expect Florida State to return to the ACC summit, but Michigan might slide in the Big Ten.

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15dChantel Jennings

Ranking the Pac-12's bowl games

The Rose Bowl, featuring USC vs. Penn State, was a high-drama, high-scoring affair that rates among the best of the season.

Erik McKinney ESPN Staff Writer 

It was a huge day for the Pac-12 on the recruiting trail, as the conference added five prospects during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The headliner was No. 12 overall prospect, offensive tackle Foster Sarell, who committed to Stanford. UCLA grabbed a commitment from No. 39 overall prospect, cornerback Darnay Holmes. Safety Bubba Bolden, the nation's No. 139 overall prospect, announced his commitment to USC. Arizona State landed running back Eno Benjamin, the nation's No. 280 prospect, while Oregon State received a commitment from three-star wide receiver Jamire Calvin.

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Pac-12 needs Rose Bowl win to finish .500

The Pac-12 can finish with a 3-3 bowl record if No. 9 USC defeats No. 5 Penn State in the Rose Bowl Game Presented by Northwestern Mutual on Monday (5 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN).

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Here is how Washington State coach Mike Leach assessed the Cougars' season in its entirety: "I thought we had a good year. I mean, going into this year, you know, if we told people that we would win as many games as we did, they would have laughed me out of the room, but we got upset five times and that's our fault, you know.

Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer 

Washington State coach Mike Leach said Monday quarterback Luke Falk would return for his senior season, but Falk was noncommittal about his decision after the Holiday Bowl on Tuesday. "I'm not focused on that at all," he said. "All my effort has been toward the team."

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Minnesota stymies Washington State for bowl win (1:37)

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Luke Falk was 30-for-51 for 264 yards against Minnesota, his second game this season with 50 or more pass attempts and fewer than 300 yards (both losses). Falk is the only player with multiple such games this season.

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Breakdown of Minnesota's bowl victory over Washington State (1:36)

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