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College football rankings: Cougs move down to 23rd in AP, Coaches polls

A 14-point loss in Boulder drops the Cougs just a few spots in both polls.

NCAA Football: Washington State at Colorado Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time in 71 days, the Cougs lost on Saturday, 38-24 to the No. 10 Colorado Buffaloes. But that’s what rankings aficionados everywhere like to call a “good loss” so the Cougars weren’t too severely punished for it in this week’s media and coaches polls, dropping to 23rd in the AP poll and 23rd in the Coaches after beginning the week at 20th ... in both.

This marks the fourth consecutive game in which WSU will be ranked, their longest streak since 2003. It also sets up the first clash of ranked teams (AP and Coaches wise) in the Apple Cup since the beginning of the century.

As far as where WSU ends up in the all important CFP Rankings on Tuesday, dipping down to No. 25 would seem to be likely. The Cougs entered the Colorado game at No. 22, a couple spots below where they were in the AP and Coaches and a three spot drop seems about right. We’ll find out in roughly 48 hours though.

The Apple Cup is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 p.m. this Friday in Pullman and will air on Fox. If you want to go, we hope you already have tickets: it’s sold out.