UW Huskies rise to No. 6, WSU Cougars fall to No. 23 in AP poll

Nov 20, 2016, 11:31 AM
Jake Browning and the Huskies rose to sixth from seventh in the AP poll following a win over Arizon...
Jake Browning and the Huskies rose to sixth from seventh in the AP poll following a win over Arizona State. (AP)

The Apple Cup will officially be a battle between two top 25 teams.

Washington (10-1 overall) rose a spot to No. 6 in the Week 13 Associated Press Top 25 poll released Sunday after beating Arizona State 44-18, while Washington State (8-3) dropped three positions to No. 23 following its 38-24 loss to Colorado. The Huskies and Cougars, both 7-1 in conference play, will meet at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Pullman in a monumental Apple Cup that will decide the Pac-12 North championship. The game will be broadcast live on 710 ESPN Seattle.

Colorado jumped to ninth in the poll from No. 12 thanks to its victory over the Cougars. A total of five Pac-12 teams are in the poll this week, including USC (12th, up from 15th) and Utah (21st, down from 11th).

There was one big shakeup in the top five, with Louisville dropping from No. 3 to No. 11 after losing 36-10 Thursday to Houston. Undefeated Alabama remains at No. 1 and Ohio State stuck at No. 2 despite barely surviving a 17-16 win over a 3-7 Michigan State team. No. 3 Michigan, No. 4 Clemson and No. 5 Wisconsin all rose a spot due to Louisville’s fall.

There is one more poll the Huskies will be keeping their eyes on: the College Football Playoff rankings, which are used to determine the four teams included in a two-round, season-ending tournament to decide the national championship. Washington was ranked sixth in last week’s rankings and will likely rise one spot due to fifth-ranked Louisville’s loss. That poll will be released Wednesday.

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