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WSU football ranked No. 25 after comeback over Oregon State

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The Cougars finally make their 2016 debut in both the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls.

NCAA Football: Oregon at Washington State James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

When WSU takes on Arizona in Pullman on Saturday for Dad’s Weekend, the Cougars finally will do so with a number next to their name.

After coming back to beat Oregon State on Saturday, the Cougs (6-2 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-12) finally broke through to make their debut in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches college football polls this morning, showing up at No. 25 in both.

WSU had been 26th in both polls and benefitted from losses by Tennessee and Navy, who each dropped out of both polls. (The coaches also finally voted Houston out of their poll.)

With that, the Cougs are now ranked for the first time since late last season. The Cougars were ranked for two weeks last season and reached a high of No. 20 heading into the Apple Cup. The last time WSU was ranked in consecutive seasons was 2002 and 2003, and it’s only happened six other times in program history.

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