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WSU moves up to 18th in AP, Coaches polls

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Losses in front of the Cougs, combined with a comfortable win over Oregon State, allow for a nice jump.

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

The Washington State Cougars, coming off a comfortable 52-23 win at home over the Oregon State Beavers, saw their ranking rise as they moved up Sunday morning in the USA Today Coaches Poll and AP Poll, where they checked in at 18th in each.

Unlike last week, there was some carnage in front of them, and the Cougs were able to take advantage. LSU, Louisville, Kansas State and Stanford all lost on Saturday. Only Louisville lost to a ranked opponent — No. 3 Clemson.

The ranking represents the highest of Mike Leach’s tenure at WSU; the previous high was No. 20, achieved after week two of this season and also accomplished each of the previous two seasons. It’s also the highest ranking for the Cougars since 2003.

A number of other Pac-12 teams are ranked as well, led by USC at No. 5 and Washington at No. 6 in the Coaches Poll (Washington is 7th in the AP). Utah and Oregon round out the top-25 at No. 21 and No. 25 (23rd and 24th in the AP), respectively.

Full rankings for both polls are below.

USA Today Coaches Poll

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

AP Poll

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