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Washington State jumps to no. 20 in latest AP poll

The Washington Huskies are no. 23

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

After a 59-17 trouncing of Northern Colorado, your Washington State Cougars jumped two spots in the AP poll, coming in at no. 20 after two weeks. WSU is one of five Pac-12 teams in the top-25, though none of them are better than no. 11.

Two cakewalks against lesser opponents aren’t likely to catapult the Cougs up too far, but WSU did benefit from some losses of other top-25 teams, namely the Washington Huskies, who dropped nine spots.

In case you were asleep like most of the country, the Huskies had to wait through a two-plus hour lightning delay before resuming the first quarter against the California Golden Bears. Cal kicked a late field goal to get a 20-19 win in Seattle in a game that ended near 1:30 a.m. The loss dropped the Huskies to no. 23, one spot ahead of the no. 24 USC Trojans.

USC got a good win over the Stanford Cardinal, dropping the Cardinal out of the top-25. The Utah Utes are the top-ranked Pac-12 team, coming in at no. 11. The Oregon Ducks are no. 15.

Three other Pac-12 teams—Cal (95), Colorado (21) and Arizona State (4)—also received votes.

The Clemson Tigers remain no. 1, while three SEC schools follow: Alabama, Georgia and LSU—the latter coming off a big win over the Texas Longhorns. You can find the complete AP poll here.

Brooks Kubena of the Baton Rouge Advocate had the Cougs ranked highest among voters at no. 10. Five writers left WSU unranked. You can find their names, as well as those who had WSU ranked between nos. 10 and 25 thanks to this great resource.

WSU travels to Houston for a Friday night tilt with the Houston Cougars.