PULLMAN – The Cougars didn’t gain any ground, but also didn’t slip when the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25 poll was unveiled Sunday morning.
Not more than 12 hours after putting the final touches on their 28-0 win over Colorado, Washington State learned it would stay put, at No. 15, in the national rankings.
The Cougars did jump a few spots in the coaches poll, however, and came in at No. 16 one week after slipping to No. 18.
WSU (7-1, 4-1) fell seven places after being upset by Cal on Oct. 13, but the Cougars should be able to make up some ground before the season’s over, as long as they keep winning. After next Saturday’s game against unranked Arizona, they play host to Stanford, which moved up two spots to No. 20 in the AP poll.
The Cougars will have another opportunity in the season finale against rival Washington. The Huskies didn’t move in Sunday’s poll and remained the country’s 12th-ranked team.
Both UW and Stanford were on bye weeks.
USC took a heavy hit from Notre Dame, losing 49-14 in South Bend, and then another one in the AP poll. The Trojans, who were once the country’s fourth-ranked team, fell 10 places to No. 21. The Irish overtook USC and moved up four spots to No. 9.
The top five didn’t change, with Alabama collecting all 61 first-place votes. Below the Crimson Tide, it’s Penn State, Georgia, TCU and Wisconsin.
In the coaches poll, UW moved up one spot to No. 11, Stanford jumped two places to No. 20 and USC, like it did in the AP poll, slid from No. 11 to No. 21.
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