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WSU moves up to No. 8 in the AP poll, leaping Ohio State

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On the heels of a comfortable victory over Oregon, the Cougs reach their highest point since 2003.

Washington State v Oregon Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images

For the first time since 2003, the Washington State Cougars have ascended to the top 10 of a national poll, moving up to No. 8 in the AP poll — leaping Ohio State — and No. 9 in the coaches poll after easily handling the Oregon Ducks on the road last night, 33-10, to move to 6-0.

The Cougs were able to take advantage of some chaos in front of them following losses by then-No. 7 Michigan (to unranked Michigan State) and then-No. 3 Oklahoma (to unranked Iowa State). Both of those losses were at home, sending each tumbling out of the top 10. Apparently, the Sooners’ loss made the Buckeyes’ loss to Oklahoma look less impressive to the writers, who dropped them below the Cougs.

This is the fastest the Cougs have reached a single-digit ranking, and is the highest ranking for WSU since the 2003 season, when they reached No. 6 in mid-October. It’s only the sixth time in program history that WSU has achieved top 10 status.

Joining the Cougs in the coaches top 25 from the Pac-12 are the Washington Huskies (No. 4), USC Trojans (No. 13), Utah Utes (No. 23) and Stanford Cardinal (No. 25); in the AP poll, the Huskies are No. 5, USC No. 13 and Stanford No. 23.

AP Poll, Week 7

RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
1 Alabama(43) 6-0 1507 @ Texas A&M W 27-19 10/14 vs Arkansas
2 Clemson(18) 6-0 1481 vs Wake Forest W 28-14 10/13 @ Syracuse
3 Penn State 6-0 1370 @ Northwestern W 31-7
4 Georgia 6-0 1327 @ Vanderbilt W 45-14 10/14 vs Missouri
5 Washington 6-0 1284 vs California W 38-7 10/14 @ Arizona State
6 TCU 5-0 1192 vs #23 West Virginia W 31-24 10/14 @ Kansas State
7 Wisconsin 5-0 1127 @ Nebraska W 38-17 10/14 vs Purdue
8 Washington State 6-0 1094 @ Oregon W 33-10 10/13 @ California
9 Ohio State 5-1 1051 vs Maryland W 62-14 10/14 @ Nebraska
10 Auburn 5-1 914 vs Ole Miss W 44-23 10/14 @ LSU
11 Miami 4-0 908 @ Florida State W 24-20 vs Georgia Tech L 0-0
12 Oklahoma 4-1 851 vs Iowa State L 38-31 10/14 vs Texas
13 USC 5-1 795 vs Oregon State W 38-10 10/14 vs Utah
14 Oklahoma State 4-1 712 10/14 vs Baylor
15 Virginia Tech 5-1 617 @ Boston College W 23-10
16 Notre Dame 5-1 583 @ North Carolina W 33-10
17 Michigan 4-1 524 vs Michigan State L 14-10 10/14 @ Indiana
18 South Florida 5-0 482 vs UMass L 0-0
19 San Diego State 6-0 465 @ UNLV W 41-10 10/14 vs Boise State
20 NC State 5-1 421 vs #17 Louisville W 39-25 10/14 @ Pittsburgh
21 Michigan State 4-1 416 @ #7 Michigan W 14-10 10/14 @ Minnesota
22 UCF 4-0 274 @ Cincinnati W 51-23 10/14 vs East Carolina
23 Stanford 4-2 109 @ #20 Utah W 23-20 10/14 vs Oregon
24 Texas Tech 4-1 105 @ Kansas W 65-19 10/14 @ West Virginia
25 Navy 5-0 74 vs Air Force W 48-45 10/14 @ Memphis
Dropped from rankings: Louisville 17, Utah 20, Florida 21, West Virginia 23. Others receiving votes: Georgia Tech 39, West Virginia 26, Louisville 25, Utah 17, LSU 9, Florida 9, Kentucky 6, Iowa State 5, Texas A&M 4, Memphis 2 ESPN.com

Coaches Poll, Week 7

RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
1 Alabama(57) 6-0 1617 @ Texas A&M W 27-19 10/14 vs Arkansas
2 Clemson(8) 6-0 1568 vs Wake Forest W 28-14 10/13 @ Syracuse
3 Penn State 6-0 1454 @ Northwestern W 31-7
4 Washington 6-0 1404 vs California W 38-7 10/14 @ Arizona State
5 Georgia 6-0 1380 @ Vanderbilt W 45-14 10/14 vs Missouri
6 Wisconsin 5-0 1243 @ Nebraska W 38-17 10/14 vs Purdue
7 TCU 5-0 1229 vs #23 West Virginia W 31-24 10/14 @ Kansas State
8 Ohio State 5-1 1146 vs Maryland W 62-14 10/14 @ Nebraska
9 Washington State 6-0 1117 @ Oregon W 33-10 10/13 @ California
10 Miami 4-0 1003 @ Florida State W 24-20 vs Georgia Tech L 0-0
11 Auburn 5-1 941 vs Ole Miss W 44-23 10/14 @ LSU
12 Oklahoma 4-1 919 vs Iowa State L 38-31 10/14 vs Texas
13 USC 5-1 818 vs Oregon State W 38-10 10/14 vs #23 Utah
14 Oklahoma State 4-1 788 10/14 vs Baylor
15 South Florida 5-0 622 vs UMass L 0-0
16 Michigan 4-1 612 vs Michigan State L 14-10 10/14 @ Indiana
17 Virginia Tech 5-1 599 @ Boston College W 23-10
18 San Diego State 6-0 516 @ UNLV W 41-10 10/14 vs Boise State
19 Notre Dame 5-1 498 @ North Carolina W 33-10
20 NC State 5-1 455 vs #17 Louisville W 39-25 10/14 @ Pittsburgh
21 UCF 4-0 273 @ Cincinnati W 51-23 10/14 vs East Carolina
22 Michigan State 4-1 261 @ #7 Michigan W 14-10 10/14 @ Minnesota
23 Utah 4-1 122 vs Stanford L 23-20 10/14 @ #13 USC
24 Navy 5-0 110 vs Air Force W 48-45 10/14 @ Memphis
25 Stanford 4-2 107 @ #18 Utah W 23-20 10/14 vs Oregon
Dropped from rankings: Louisville 17, Florida 20, West Virginia 23. Others receiving votes: Louisville 85, Georgia Tech 47, Kentucky 41, West Virginia 29, Texas Tech 29, Florida 23, Texas A&M 14, Troy 10, Memphis 9, LSU 9, Wake Forest 5, Virginia 5, Iowa State 4, Mississippi State 3, Iowa 3, South Carolina 3, Texas 2, Colorado State 2 ESPN.com