Season: 8-4, 7-2

College Football Playoff ranking: N/A

MVP: QB Luke Falk (4,207 passing yards, 37 TD, 10 INT)

ESPN Bowl projection: Holiday Bowl

Huh? What just happened? The 8-4 record could (and should) look a lot better if the Cougars took care of business in non-conference play and avoided losing to a FCS team and Boise State. Surely nine (or 10) wins look a whole lot better than eight, but regardless the Cougars were in the Pac-12 North race until the Apple Cup. Washington was, simply, better.