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WSU now ranked No. 15 after loss to Cal

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The Cougs dropped all the way to 18th in the coaches poll.

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Following an unexpected and crushing loss to the unranked California Golden Bears on Friday night, the heretofore undefeated Washington State Cougars tumbled out of the top 10 of the national rankings, dropping to No. 15 in the Associated Press poll.

The Cougs dropped all the way to No. 18 in the coaches poll.

As you were reminded multiple times yesterday (if you were able to muster up enough courage to watch any college football after Friday’s mess, anyway), it was a bananas weekend for upsets. In addition to the Cougs loss, the Clemson Tigers, Washington Huskies and Auburn Tigers — who also were previously in the top 10 of the AP poll — lost. Only Clemson remained, ranked No. 7 by the AP.

The Cougs didn’t even have the biggest drop in the polls; that honor belonged to Auburn, which dropped 11 spots in the AP poll and 10 spots in the coaches poll after losing to LSU.

It was a rough weekend for the Pac-12’s College Football Playoff chances, for sure, but certainly not a death knell; UW, WSU and USC still have a lot of season left to try and climb the ladder again.

Also joining WSU in the AP top 25 are USC (No. 11), Washington (No. 12) and Stanford (No. 22).

Week 8 AP Poll

RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
1 Alabama(61) 7-0 1525 vs Arkansas W 41-9 10/21 vs Tennessee
2 Penn State 6-0 1432 10/21 vs #19 Michigan
3 Georgia 7-0 1417 vs Missouri W 53-28
4 TCU 6-0 1322 @ Kansas State W 26-6 10/21 vs Kansas
5 Wisconsin 6-0 1241 vs Purdue W 17-9 10/21 vs Maryland
6 Ohio State 6-1 1184 @ Nebraska W 56-14
7 Clemson 6-1 1117 @ Syracuse L 27-24
8 Miami 5-0 1109 vs Georgia Tech W 25-24 10/21 vs Syracuse
9 Oklahoma 5-1 1066 vs Texas W 29-24 10/21 @ Kansas State
10 Oklahoma State 5-1 900 vs Baylor W 59-16 10/21 @ Texas
11 USC 6-1 886 vs Utah W 28-27 10/21 @ #13 Notre Dame
12 Washington 6-1 811 @ Arizona State L 13-7
13 Notre Dame 5-1 798 10/21 vs #11 USC
14 Virginia Tech 5-1 727 10/21 vs North Carolina
15 Washington State 6-1 578 @ California L 37-3 10/21 vs Colorado
16 NC State 6-1 573 @ Pittsburgh W 35-17
South Florida 6-0 573 vs Cincinnati W 33-3 10/21 @ Tulane
18 Michigan State 5-1 563 @ Minnesota W 30-27 10/21 vs Indiana
19 Michigan 5-1 558 @ Indiana W 27-20 10/21 @ #2 Penn State
20 UCF 5-0 387 vs East Carolina W 63-21 10/21 @ Navy
21 Auburn 5-2 303 @ LSU L 27-23 10/21 @ Arkansas
22 Stanford 5-2 274 vs Oregon W 49-7
23 West Virginia 4-2 157 vs #24 Texas Tech W 46-35 10/21 @ Baylor
24 LSU 5-2 108 vs #10 Auburn W 27-23 10/21 @ Ole Miss
25 Memphis 5-1 62 vs #25 Navy W 30-27 10/19 @ Houston
Dropped from rankings: San Diego State 19, Texas Tech 24, Navy 25. Others receiving votes: San Diego State 56, Texas A&M 46, Iowa State 16, Virginia 10, Kentucky 8, Utah 4, Mississippi State 3, Iowa 2, Navy 2, South Carolina 2, Texas Tech 2, Marshall 1, Florida State 1, Georgia Tech 1. ESPN.com

Week 8 Coaches Poll

RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
1 Alabama(63) 7-0 1575 vs Arkansas W 41-9 10/21 vs Tennessee
2 Penn State 6-0 1483 10/21 vs #15 Michigan
3 Georgia 7-0 1450 vs Missouri W 53-28
4 TCU 6-0 1345 @ Kansas State W 26-6 10/21 vs Kansas
5 Wisconsin 6-0 1338 vs Purdue W 17-9 10/21 vs Maryland
6 Ohio State 6-1 1243 @ Nebraska W 56-14
7 Miami 5-0 1144 vs Georgia Tech W 25-24 10/21 vs Syracuse
8 Clemson 6-1 1106 @ Syracuse L 27-24
9 Oklahoma 5-1 1079 vs Texas W 29-24 10/21 @ Kansas State
10 USC 6-1 930 vs #23 Utah W 28-27 10/21 @ #16 Notre Dame
11 Oklahoma State 5-1 917 vs Baylor W 59-16 10/21 @ Texas
12 Washington 6-1 914 @ Arizona State L 13-7
13 South Florida 6-0 716 vs Cincinnati W 33-3 10/21 @ Tulane
14 Virginia Tech 5-1 701 10/21 vs North Carolina
15 Michigan 5-1 657 @ Indiana W 27-20 10/21 @ #2 Penn State
16 Notre Dame 5-1 614 10/21 vs #10 USC
17 NC State 6-1 573 @ Pittsburgh W 35-17
18 Washington State 6-1 564 @ California L 37-3 10/21 vs Colorado
19 Michigan State 5-1 469 @ Minnesota W 30-27 10/21 vs Indiana
20 UCF 5-0 439 vs East Carolina W 63-21 10/21 @ Navy
21 Auburn 5-2 354 @ LSU L 27-23 10/21 @ Arkansas
22 Stanford 5-2 286 vs Oregon W 49-7
23 West Virginia 4-2 144 vs Texas Tech W 46-35 10/21 @ Baylor
24 Texas A&M 5-2 94 @ Florida W 19-17
25 LSU 5-2 80 vs #11 Auburn W 27-23 10/21 @ Ole Miss
Dropped from rankings: San Diego State 18, Utah 23, Navy 24. Others receiving votes: Kentucky 64, Memphis 50, Virginia 42, San Diego State 39, South Carolina 19, Utah 14, Navy 9, Mississippi State 6, Boise State 4, Colorado State 4, Marshall 3, Florida 2, Georgia Tech 2, Iowa State 2. ESPN.com