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2018 Washington State Cougars football team

The 2018 Washington State Cougars football team represented Washington State University during the 2018 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team played their home games in Martin Stadium in Pullman, Washington. They were led by 7th-year head coach Mike Leach and were members of the North Division of the Pac-12 Conference.[1]

2018 Washington State Cougars football
Washington State Cougars wordmark.svg
Pac-12 North Division co-champion
Alamo Bowl champion
Alamo Bowl, W 28–26 vs. Iowa State
ConferencePac–12 Conference
DivisionNorth Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 10
APNo. 10
2018 record11–2 (7–2 Pac-12)
Head coachMike Leach (7th season)
Offensive schemeAir raid
Defensive coordinatorTracy Claeys (1st season)
Home stadiumMartin Stadium
(Capacity: 32,952)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Pac-12 football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
North Division
No. 13 Washington xy$   7 2         10 4  
No. 10 Washington State x   7 2         11 2  
Stanford   6 3         9 4  
Oregon   5 4         9 4  
California   4 5         7 6  
Oregon State   1 8         2 10  
South Division
Utah xy   6 3         9 5  
Arizona State   5 4         7 6  
USC   4 5         5 7  
Arizona   4 5         5 7  
UCLA   3 6         3 9  
Colorado   2 7         5 7  
Championship: Washington 10, Utah 3
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of May 19, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 season was one of the greatest in Washington State history. The Cougars won a school record-tying ten games, the first time they had won that many in the regular season since the Rose Bowl year of 2002. They also surged as high as seventh in major polling and went into the Apple Cup with a chance to clinch the Pac-12 North title and a shot at the Rose Bowl, but lost 28–15 to rival Washington in the snow in Pullman, a sixth consecutive loss to the Huskies. The 10–2 Cougars were invited to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio to play the Iowa State Cyclones. They won 28–26 for a school record 11th win.

Contents

Previous seasonEdit

The Cougars finished the 2017 season 9–4, 6–3 in Pac-12 play to finish in third place in the North Division. They were invited to the Holiday Bowl where they lost to Michigan State.

PreseasonEdit

Award watch listsEdit

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Rimington Trophy[2] Frederick Mauigoa C JR
Chuck Bednarik Award[3] Jalen Thompson S JR
Wuerffel Trophy[4] Peyton Pelluer LB SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[5] Gardner Minshew QB SR
Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award[6] Gardner Minshew QB SR

Pac-12 Media DaysEdit

The 2018 Pac-12 media days were held July 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California. Mike Leach (HC), Kyle Sweet (WR/P) & Jalen Thompson (S) represented Washington State at this event. The Pac-12 media poll was released with the Cougars predicted to finish in fifth place at Pac-12 North division.[7]

Media poll (North)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Washington 249 (40)
2 Stanford 198 (2)
3 Oregon 178 (2)
4 California 108
5 Washington State 98
6 Oregon State 45

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 112:30 p.m.at Wyoming*CBSSNW 41–1924,131
September 88:00 p.m.San Jose State*P12NW 31–026,141
September 155:00 p.m.No. 6 (FCS) Eastern Washington*
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
P12NW 59–2432,952
September 217:30 p.m.at USCESPNL 36–3952,421
September 293:00 p.m.Utah 
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
P12NW 28–2430,088
October 66:00 p.m.at Oregon StateP12NW 56–3734,429
October 204:30 p.m.No. 12 OregonNo. 25
FOXW 34–2033,152
October 274:10 p.m.at No. 24 StanfordNo. 14P12NW 41–3839,596
November 37:45 p.m.CaliforniaNo. 10
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ESPNW 19–1332,952
November 1012:30 p.m.at ColoradoNo. 10ESPNW 31–745,587
November 177:30 p.m.ArizonaNo. 8
  • Martin Stadium
  • Pullman, WA
ESPNW 69–2822,400
November 235:30 p.m.No. 16 WashingtonNo. 7
FOXL 15–2832,952
December 286:00 p.m.vs. No. 25 Iowa State*No. 12ESPNW 28–2660,675
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Pacific time

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV RV RV NR RV RV 25 14 10 10 8 7 12 12 10 
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 23 15 11 9 9 7 13 13 10 
CFP Not released 8 8 8 8 13 13 Not released

Game summariesEdit

at WyomingEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
4–2 2015 W, 31–14
Washington State at Wyoming – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Washington State 10 3 72141
Wyoming 2 14 3019

at War Memorial Stadium, Laramie, WY

Game information

San Jose StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
7–4–1 1996 W, 52–16
San Jose State at Washington State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
San Jose State 0 0 000
Washington State 14 10 0731

at Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

Game information

Eastern WashingtonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2016 L, 45–42
Eastern Washington at Washington State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 6 (FCS) Eastern Washington 0 10 14024
Washington State 14 14 72459

at Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

Game information

at USCEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
10–59–4 2017 W, 30–27
Washington State at USC – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Washington State 3 21 6636
USC 7 10 71539

at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, CA

Game information

UtahEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
8–7 2017 W, 33–25
Utah at Washington State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Utah 14 7 3024
Washington State 7 14 0728

at Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

Game information

at Oregon StateEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
52–47–3 2017 W, 52–23
Washington State at Oregon State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Washington State 14 14 72156
Oregon State 14 10 6737

at Reser Stadium, Corvallis, OR

Game information

OregonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
39–49–7 2017 W, 33–10
Oregon at Washington State – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 12 Oregon 0 0 17320
No. 25 Washington State 7 20 0734

at Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

Game information

at StanfordEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
27–40–1 2017 W, 24–21
Washington State at Stanford – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 14 Washington State 14 3 71741
No. 24 Stanford 14 14 3738

at Stanford Stadium, Stanford, CA

Game information

CaliforniaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
27–47–5 2017 L, 37–3
California at Washington State– Game summary
1 2 34Total
California 0 10 3013
No. 10 Washington State 3 10 0619

at Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

Game information

at ColoradoEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
5–6 2017 W, 28–0
Washington State at Colorado – Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 10 Washington State 0 10 71431
Colorado 7 0 007

at Folsom Field, Boulder, CO

Game information

ArizonaEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
16–27 2017 L, 58–37
Arizona at Washington State– Game summary
1 2 34Total
Arizona 7 7 14028
No. 8 Washington State 21 34 01469

at Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

Game information

WashingtonEdit

Overall record Last meeting Result
32–72–6 2017 L, 41–14
Washington at Washington State– Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 16 Washington 7 7 6828
No. 7 Washington State 0 7 8015

at Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA

Game information

vs. Iowa State (Alamo Bowl)Edit

Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting
Alamo Bowl– Game summary
1 2 34Total
No. 25 Iowa State 0 10 10626
No. 12 Washington State 7 14 0728

at Alamodome, San Antonio, TX

Game information

AwardsEdit

Player Award Date
Gardner Minshew II Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week[8] September 17, 2018
Travell Harris Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week[9] September 17, 2018
Jahad Woods Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week[10] November 19, 2018

Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year: Gardner Minshew II
Pac-12 Coach of the Year: Mike Leach[11]

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
1 22 Andre Dillard OT Philadelphia Eagles
6 178 Gardner Minshew QB Jacksonville Jaguars

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cougars Announce 2018 Football Schedule". wsucougars.com. November 16, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017.
  2. ^ "Rimington Trophy Press Release". May 30, 2018. Retrieved July 14, 2018.
  3. ^ "2018 Bednarik Award Watch List". July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "Wuerffel Trophy Unveils 2018 Watch List". July 26, 2018. Retrieved July 26, 2018.
  5. ^ "Watch List for 2018 Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award ® Presented by A. O. Smith Announced". August 14, 2018. Retrieved August 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Semifinalists for 2018 Davey O'Brien Award announced". November 7, 2018. Retrieved November 7, 2018.
  7. ^ "Washington picked as Pac-12 favorite in preseason media poll". July 25, 2018. Retrieved July 25, 2018.
  8. ^ "Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 3" (Press release). Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 3" (Press release). Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
  10. ^ "Pac-12 Football Players of the Week - Week 12" (Press release). Pac-12 Conference. Retrieved November 19, 2018.
  11. ^ Pac-12.com. Retrieved 2018-Dec-27.