There was a time when no one outside the state borders cared about the Washington-Oregon football game. It was just a neighborhood skirmish, nothing more than a battle for block supremacy.
Not this year.
For just the sixth time in the fierce 111-game rivalry, both teams are ranked in the Associated Press poll entering the showdown—the Huskies 7th, the Ducks 17th.
The UW (5-1 overall, 3-0 Pac-12) surprisingly moved up three spots following a tougher-than-expected 31-24 victory over winless UCLA at the Rose Bowl in Los Angeles, while Oregon (4-1, 1-1), which had a bye week, moved up one position from last week's rankings.
Previously, the two Northwest teams were each nationally ranked coming into the showdown game in 1990, 1995, 2000, 2012 and 2013.
The Huskies have been ranked 29 times when it faced Oregon, three times as the No. 1 team in the country—1982, 1984 and 1992. Oregon has been ranked 20 times entering the game--No. 1 in 2010.
Washington leads the series with Oregon 60-45-5, winning the last two meetings after dropping 12 consecutive games.
Alabama continued to top the AP rankings this week, followed by Georgia, Ohio State, Clemson, Notre Dame, West Virginia, Washington, Penn State, Texas and UCF.
The second 10 had, in order, Oklahoma, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Wisconsin, Miami, Oregon, Kentucky, the Pac-12’s Colorado (5-0, 2-0) and North Carolina State.
Rounding out the top 25 were Auburn, Texas A&M, South Florida, Mississippi State and Cincinnati. Washington State and Utah received votes.