Washington State’s Bowl Situation After The Washington Loss
PULLMAN, WA – NOVEMBER 23: James Williams #32 of the Washington State Cougars carries the ball against the Washington Huskies in the second half at Martin Stadium during the 111th Apple Cup on November 23, 2018 in Pullman, Washington. Washington defeated Washington State 28-15. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)Washington State fell to rival Washington on Friday night in the snow, but all is not lost. The Cougars may be out of the running for a College Football Playoff spot, but they’re still in line for a prominent bowl berth.Washington State finished the season with a 10-2 record, and while they won’t be playing for a Pac-12 title and a shot at the Rose Bowl, they should still be selected for a New Year’s Six bowl. The most likely one is the Fiesta Bowl.There’s still a lot of football to be played, so it’s hard to know who the Cougars could have in the game. But it’s looking like the Pac-12 is going to get two teams in the New Year’s Six, and Washington State makes more sense than the loser of Washington vs. Utah.This year’s Fiesta Bowl will take place on January 1, 2019 at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.Pencil Washington State into the Fiesta Bowl.— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) November 24, 2018With Washington State losing this game, it would seem they’re a lock for the Fiesta Bowl, but who really knows. You’d hope the selection committee doesn’t penalize the Cougars for a snowy game.— Josh Furlong (@JFurKSL) November 24, 2018Washington State had an incredible season, but it lost to two of its biggest rivals – Washington and USC. They post their fourth straight winning season under head coach Mike Leach.The past two seasons, the Cougars headed to the Holiday Bowl. This year, they should see a step up in competition.