Huskies, Cougars pass each other in AP poll

Huskies prepare for Utah in Pac-12 title game

After 13 weeks and 12 games, the Washington football team ended up this week where it began—in the top 10 of the Associated Press poll.

Following a 28-15 Apple victory over Washington State, the Huskies (9-3 overall, 7-2 Pac-12) moved up six spots to 10th in the national rankings. They were No. 6 when the season began.

Washington, 10 points from being unbeaten, is one of a pair of three-loss teams among the first 10 teams, sitting one position behind 9-3 Texas.

Next up for the Huskies is the Pac-12 championship game, where they’ll face 17th-ranked Utah (9-3, 6-3) on Friday in Santa Clara, Calif. The UW beat the Utes 21-7 in September in Salt Lake City. A Rose Bowl berth on New Year’s Day goes to the winner.

The Cougars (10-2, 7-2) went the other direction in the AP poll after losing on Friday night in Pullman, slipping five slots and into a tie for 12th with LSU, which lost a record-breaking, seven-overtime game 74-72 to Texas A&M.

WSU awaits a bowl invitation, possibly to the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Day or the Alamo Bowl.

The AP’s top 25 teams:

  1. Alabama (12-0); 2. Clemson (12-0); 3. Notre Dame (12-0); 4. Georgia (11-1); 5. Oklahoma (11-1); 6. Ohio State (11-1); 7. UCF (11-0); 8. Michigan (10-2); 9. Texas (9-3); 10. Washington (9-3); 11. Florida (9-3); 12. tie, LSU (10-2) and Washington State (10-2); 14, Penn State (9-3); 15. West Virginia (8-3); 16. Kentucky (9-3); 17. Utah (9-3); 18. Syracuse (9-3); 19. Boise State (10-2); 20. Mississippi State (8-4); 21. Northwestern (8-4); 22. Texas A&M (8-4); 23. Army (9-2); 24. Iowa State (7-4); 25. Fresno State (10-2).
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