Idle Huskies move up in AP poll

Huskies hold down eighth different position in rankings

Got to like the bye week—it can’t hurt you.

Washington, after taking a break from the game schedule, moved up three rungs in the Associated Press national poll while it was idle, settling into the 17th slot.

It was the eighth different poll position for the up-and-down Huskies (7-3 overall, 5-2 Pac-12) this season. Previously, they were ranked 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 15th and 20th.

The UW returns to action on Saturday afternoon at Husky Stadium against Oregon State (2-8, 1-6), the league’s worst team and a 48-17 loser to Stanford on Saturday night. Kickoff for the Huskies-Beavers pairing is 1:30 p.m. The game will be televised by the Pac-12 Network.

Washington State (9-1, 6-1), after beating Colorado 31-7, moved up two spots in the AP poll to 8th, leapfrogging Ohio State and LSU, which both won over the weekend.

The Cougars, who will host Arizona (5-5, 4-3) in Pullman on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., are one of seven one-loss teams in the AP top 10, seeking a college football playoff berth.

Utah (7-3, 5-3), an upset winner over Oregon, is the only other Pac-12 team in the rankings at 21st.

The AP ranking this week:

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