Huskies return to AP rankings

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Beating Stanford puts UW back in the poll

They’re back.

The Washington Huskies, after a week's absence in the AP poll for the first time in three seasons, returned to the national rankings on Sunday—moving into the 20th spot after beating Stanford.

For a half in their 27-23 victory over the Cardinal, the Huskies (7-3 overall, 5-2 Pac-12) resembled the top 10 team they once were by rushing out to a 21-0 advantage. They scored the first three times they had the ball.

They maintained the lead even after momentum swung back to Stanford, which rallied and pressed the outcome to the game's final play. UW free safety Taylor Rapp preserved the win by intercepting a K.J. Costello pass in the end zone as the clock ran out.

Washington now has a bye before resuming play against lowly Oregon State (2-7, 1-5), coached by Jonathan Smith, former Huskies offensive coordinator.

Washington State (8-1, 5-1), at 10th, and the Huskies are the only Pac-12 teams ranked by the AP.

The rest of the poll goes like this:

  1. Alabama; 2) Clemson; 3) Notre Dame; 4) Michigan; 5) Georgia; 6) Oklahoma; 7) West Virginia; 8) Ohio State; 9) LSU; 10) Washington State; 11) UCF; 12) Kentucky; 13) Syracuse: 14) Utah State; 15) Texas; 16) Fresno State; 17) Boston College; 18) Mississippi State; 19) Florida: 20 Washington; 21) Penn State; 22) NC State; 23) Iowa State; 24) Michigan State; 25) Cincinnati.