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No. 8 Washington State jumps Ohio State, LSU in Associated Press Top 25

From staff and wire reports

Washington State leapfrogged a pair of heavyweights in the latest edition of the Associated Press Top 25 poll, grabbing the No. 8 spot when the weekly rankings were released Sunday.

The Cougars, coming off a 31-7 victory at Colorado on Saturday, jumped past No. 9 Ohio State and No. 10 LSU while the rest of the Top 25 was fairly stable, especially at the top. Alabama remained a unanimous No. 1, followed by Clemson, Notre Dame, Michigan and Georgia. Oklahoma was sixth and West Virginia seventh. UCF remained No. 11.

Northwestern, which sneaked in at No. 24, was ranked 17th at the end of last season, but lost three of four to start 2018.

Two other Pac-12 teams joined the Cougars in the latest edition of the AP rankings. Despite not playing, Washington jumped up three spots to No. 17. Utah beat Oregon without starting quarterback Tyler Huntley and running back Zack Moss, but the Utes stayed put at No. 21.

Arizona State and Stanford are both receiving AP Top 25 votes.

WSU went nowhere in the Amway Coaches Poll, staying at No. 9. The Huskies moved up one spot to No. 17 and the Utes jumped five spots to No. 19.

With Saturday’s win, WSU improved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in Pac-12 play, its sixth straight victory this season. The Cougars will face Arizona (5-5, 4-3) on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as they go for their 13th straight win in Pullman.