Washington State cheerleaders run with flags on the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game between Washington State and California in Pullman, Wash., Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016. (AP Photo/Young Kwak)

Young Kwak

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.