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WSU is No. 25 in first College Football Playoff rankings

Washington State Cougars running back Gerard Wicks (23) celebrates the end zone after punching through the line to score against UCLA during the first half of a PAC 12 college football game on Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)
Washington State Cougars running back Gerard Wicks (23) celebrates the end zone after punching through the line to score against UCLA during the first half of a PAC 12 college football game on Saturday, Oct 15, 2016, Martin Stadium in Pullman, Wash. (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

PULLMAN – There is an emerging consensus that there are exactly 24 FBS football teams better than Washington State this week, no more and no less. The Cougars made their debut in the initial round of College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday at No. 25, which is the same ranking they hold in both the AP Top-25 and the Coaches Poll.

WSU, winners of six straight games, barely nudged into the AP poll after last weekend’s tenuous win over Oregon State. The Cougars were the top team in the “others receiving votes” category in Week 9, meaning they moved up just one spot after their win.

But the Cougars are ranked in the three major polls for the first time all season. Less happy are fans of the Washington Huskies, who debuted at No. 5 in the first round of College Football Playoff Rankings, behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Texas A&M.

The UW (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) is ranked ahead of Texas A&M, which has one loss to Alabama, in the other polls. The Huskies are still likely to play in the playoffs if they win out, but Tuesday’s rankings introduce the possibility of an undefeated UW team being left out of the playoffs entirely.

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