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Washington State cracks the AP Top 25 to join No. 4 Huskies

Oct 30, 2016, 11:23 AM | Updated: 11:27 am

No. 25 Washington State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time since last November. (AP)...

No. 25 Washington State is ranked in the AP poll for the first time since last November. (AP)

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The Washington State Cougars have the attention of national voters.

After winning their sixth straight game and improving to 5-0 in Pac-12 play with a 35-31 win at Oregon State on Saturday night, the Cougs cracked the Associated Press poll released Sunday at No. 25. They join rival Washington in the rankings, which maintained its spot at No. 4 after defeating Utah 31-24 on the road Saturday.

Washington and Washington State have the same rankings in the Coaches’ Poll released Sunday, as well.

It’s the first time since Sept. 28, 2003 that both the Huskies and Cougars are in the AP Top 25.

Utah, previously ranked 17th, actually rose to 16th after losing to the Huskies, while Colorado (No. 21) gives the Pac-12 four teams in the Top 25.

The top six teams remained the same as last week: Alabama, Michigan, Clemson, Washington, Louisville and Ohio State.

The 6-2 Cougars were last ranked in 2015, entering the Apple Cup against Washington as the No. 20 team in the nation. They lost that game and had yet to crack the rankings this season, though they did have the most votes of any team outside of the top 25 last week.

WSU will face Arizona at home next Saturday in a 1 p.m. game on 710 ESPN Seattle, while the undefeated Huskies will go to Cal for a 7:30 game on ESPN.

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