Huskies up to No. 4, Cougars fall out of AP Top 25 after Apple Cup
The Washington Huskies’ 45-17 win over WSU in the Apple Cup was enough to give them a two-spot boost in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll.
The Huskies rose from sixth to fourth thanks to that win Friday and Michigan’s 30-27 double-overtime loss to No. 2 Ohio State on Saturday. The Wolverines (10-2 overall) dropped from third to fifth, while Wisconsin (10-2) dropped from fifth to sixth despite beating Minnesota 31-17 on Saturday.
The loss in the Apple Cup did no favors for 8-4 WSU, which was ranked No. 23 last week but fell out of the poll following its second loss in as many games. The Cougars received 35 votes, which was fourth among teams that missed the Top 25.
The team that stopped the Cougars’ eight-game win streak, Colorado, remained ninth in the poll after beating Utah 27-22 to improve to 10-2 overall and clinch the Pac-12 South title on Saturday. The Buffaloes will meet Washington this Friday in the Pac-12 championship game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
In addition to UW and Colorado, the Pac-12 has two more teams in the Top 25: USC (9-3), which jumped to 10th from 12th following a 45-27 win over Notre Dame, and Stanford (9-3), which re-entered the poll at No. 17 after a 41-17 blowout of Rice.
In front of Washington is No. 1 Alabama (12-0), No. 2 Ohio State (11-1), and No. 3 Clemson (11-1), which moved up a spot due to Michigan’s fall.