The world has changed since last time the Cougs were ranked this highly

PULLMAN, Wash --- It has been 14 years since WSU was ranked in the top ten in football. What were things like in 2003 compared to now?

Washington State University is ranked number eight in the nation now according to the NCAA website. The last time they were ranked this high was a long time ago.

The world was a different place, people went to Blockbuster, Netflix had just gotten one million subscribers and there were only two Fast and Furious movies then.

Let’s look at some other differences from 2003 to now.

2003:

The Cougs’ quarterback was Matt Kegel. He threw for less than 3,000 yards and had 21 passing touchdowns.

Luke Falk was eight years old.

2017:

The Cougs’ quarterback is Luke Falk. He has thrown for 19 touchdowns and 2,000 yards in just six games this year.

 

 

This really highlights the difference for the offenses. In 2003, it was more balanced but much less explosive.

2003:

Mike Leach was in season four as head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders. He was in the midst of an 8-5 campaign.

2017:

Mike Leach is in season six with the WSU Cougars. They are 6-0 and are bowl eligible.

 

 

2003:

The top songs of the year, according to the Billboard Top 100, were “In Da Club” by 50 Cent and “Baby Boy” by Beyoncé. They were at the top of the charts for nine weeks each.

2017:

The top songs of the year so far, according to a music charts tracking website, are “Shape of You” by Ed Sheeran and “Despacito (Remix)” by Luis Fonsi and Justin Bieber.

2003:

The highest grossing movies of the year, according to IMDB, were “Finding Nemo” and “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King.” They each grossed more than $375 million.

2017:

The top movies this year, according to IMDB, are the live action “Beauty and the Beast” and “Wonder Woman.” Combined they have grossed around $910 million, and the year is not over yet.

2003:

Tom Brady was starting out with the Patriots and only had one Super Bowl ring.

2017:

Tom Brady is still playing for the New England Patriots. Now, he has five Super Bowl rings.

 

 

2003:

The Seahawks’ quarterback was Matt Hasselbeck and Shaun Alexander was the running back. This was two years before they made it to the franchise’s first Super Bowl appearance.

The 12th Man flag pole was installed at what was then called Qwest Field.

2017:

The Seahawks’ quarterback is Russell Wilson and the Legion of Boom is holding it down on defense.

 

 

Seattle has been to two Super Bowls since 2003, and has won one of them.

The 12th Man has also taken off in popularity and is a big calling card for what is now CenturyLink Field.

 

 

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