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Washington State jumps up to No. 11 in AP, Coaches polls

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The Cougars are 5-0, coming off a win over No. 5 USC, and rising in the polls again.

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The Washington State Cougars passed their early test on Friday night, downing the No. 5 USC Trojans in Pullman by a field goal. It was the Cougars' first win over a top-5 USC team ever, and their 10th win in 72 tries against the Trojans. It was a big night in the Palouse for the Cougars, who came in ranked 16th in the polls. And on Sunday, they were rewarded with another jump in the rankings.

The Cougars ended up 11th in the Coaches Poll, up five spots from last week. The same was true in the AP Poll, where the Cougars also landed at 11th.

Everyone, it seemed, including poll voters, were waiting to figure out what Washington State was. Despite an undefeated record, the Cougars hadn't really played anyone — a valid criticism considering the schedule. But given the chance to prove themselves against a USC team that came in with plenty of hype, the Cougars did so.

The No. 11 ranking is the Cougars' highest since 2003. The year before, the Cougars rose as high as No. 3 before [static ... transmission ended]. They finished the 2002 season ranked 10th, and climbed as high as No. 6 in 2003 before finishing the year ranked No. 9 after a win over Texas in the Holiday Bowl. It's ... it's been a long decade and a half since then.

Next up for Washington State is a trip to Autzen Stadium to face a banged up Oregon Ducks team. Quarterback Justin Herbert is out with a broken collarbone, running back Royce Freeman left Saturday night's game with a shoulder injury, and the Ducks had to burn a redshirt after losing a second quarterback. A win would make Washington State bowl eligible, becoming one of the first teams in the country to clinch a postseason berth this year.

Full polls will be below, updated as they come out. Enjoy.

USA Today Coaches Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Penn State
  5. Washington
  6. Georgia
  7. Michigan
  8. Wisconsin
  9. Ohio State
  10. TCU
  11. Washington State
  12. Miami
  13. Auburn
  14. Oklahoma State
  15. USC
  16. USF
  17. Louisville
  18. Utah
  19. Virginia Tech
  20. Florida
  21. San Diego State
  22. Notre Dame
  23. West Virginia
  24. NC State
  25. UCF

AP Poll

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Penn State
  5. Georgia
  6. Washington
  7. Michigan
  8. TCU
  9. Wisconsin
  10. Ohio State
  11. Washington State
  12. Auburn
  13. Miami
  14. USC
  15. Oklahoma State
  16. Virginia Tech
  17. Louisville
  18. USF
  19. San Diego State
  20. Utah
  21. Notre Dame (tied for 21)
  22. Florida (tied for 21)
  23. West Virginia
  24. NC State
  25. UCF