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WSU Cougars rise to 20, UW Huskies fall to No. 7 in AP Top 25

Nov 13, 2016, 12:43 PM
At No. 20 in the AP poll, WSU has its highest ranking since the end of the 2003 season. (AP)...
At No. 20 in the AP poll, WSU has its highest ranking since the end of the 2003 season. (AP)
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The Washington Huskies’ first loss of the season has landed them outside of the top five, while the Washington State Cougars are in the top 20 for the first time this season in the Associated Press’ Week 12 poll.

The Huskies were upset by USC 26-13 on Saturday night, marking the end of their pursuit for a perfect season and dropping them from fourth to seventh in the poll. Now ranked seventh at 9-1 overall, they are ranked lower than fifth for the first time since Week 5.

WSU rose three spots to No. 20 following a 56-21 victory over Cal, the Cougars’ eighth win in a row.  It’s their highest ranking since they ended the 2003 season at No. 9.

USC made the biggest jump of any team in the poll this week, going from unranked all the way up to No. 15.

Two other Pac-12 teams – Utah at No. 11 and Colorado at No. 12 – are in the Top 25, giving the conference five teams in the poll, tied for most with the SEC and Big Ten.

The top five saw a significant shakeup with three of the last week’s top four teams going down on Saturday – Washington, Clemson (previously No. 2) and Michigan (previously No. 3).

This week’s top five consists of undefeated Alabama at No. 1, Ohio State rising from sixth to second, Louisville at No. 3 from fifth, Michigan at No. 4 and Clemson at No. 5.

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