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Washington State climbs five spots to No. 14 in College Football Playoff rankings

UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 7:11 p.m.

Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Andre Dillard (60) takes to the field to face Utah during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah.   Tyler Tjomsland/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars offensive lineman Andre Dillard (60) takes to the field to face Utah during the first half of a college football game on Saturday, November 11, 2017, at Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. Tyler Tjomsland/THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – The Cougars have spent the 2017 campaign sliding up and down the Associated Press Top 25 rankings – as high as No. 8 and as low as No. 25 – but for the first time this fall, they’ve cracked the top-15 of the College Football Playoff poll.

Washington State moved up five spots to No. 14 when the CFP committee released its weekly rankings Tuesday afternoon. It’s the highest placement this season for the Cougars, who debuted at No. 25 two weeks ago, then moved up to No. 19 after beating Stanford. WSU beat Utah 33-25 on Saturday in Salt Lake City and won’t play again until the Nov. 25 Apple Cup in Seattle.

The Huskies dropped nine spots to No. 18 after dropping their second game of the season last Friday to Stanford in Palo Alto. The Cardinal went from unranked to No. 22 as a result of the 30-22 win.

USC now holds the highest rank in the CFP poll and checked in Tuesday at No. 11. Arizona couldn’t find its way back into the rankings after dropping out last week.

After No. 1 Georgia, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 6 TCU and No. 9 Washington all lost over the weekend, the new top-10 looks like this: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Miami, No. 4 Oklahoma, No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Georgia, No. 8 Notre Dame, No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 Penn State.

The Cougars now have wins over the 11th, 22nd and 25th-ranked teams. Boise State slipped into the rankings for the first time this year, at No. 25.


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