PULLMAN – Washington State didn’t move up in the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, but the Cougars didn’t lose any ground either and held onto the nation’s No. 10 spot when the weekly rankings were released Sunday.
With a 19-13 win over Cal on Saturday at Martin Stadium, WSU improved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in Pac-12 play, winning its fifth consecutive game this season and 12th straight in Pullman.
Making any sort of jump in the AP rankings would’ve been difficult this week, given that nine of the country’s top-10 teams won on Saturday and the only loser, LSU, dropped just five spots from No. 4 to No. 9 – fitting in right ahead of WSU.
WSU and cross-state rival Washington are the only Pac-12 teams ranked in this week’s poll. The last time the Cougars and Huskies were the only ranked teams in their conference was Nov. 23, 1936, according to the Associated Press.
The Huskies fell out of the rankings after a 12-10 loss to Cal last week, but checked back in at No. 20 following a 27-23 win over Stanford. Utah fell out of the rankings after dropping a Pac-12 South game to Arizona State. The Utes and Oregon are both receiving votes.
The new AP top-10 is as follows: No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Michigan, No. 5 Georgia, No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 West Virginia, No. 8 Ohio State, No. 9 LSU and No. 10 WSU.
By virtue of LSU’s loss to Alabama, WSU could potentially climb up in the next edition of the College Football Rankings, which debuted last week and will come out every Tuesday through the end of the regular season. The Cougars checked in at No. 8 in the initial CFP rankings. LSU was No. 3.
The Cougars also moved up two places from No. 11 to No. 9 in the Amway Coaches Poll. Washington moved up one place to No. 19 and Utah fell eight spots to No. 24 in that poll.
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