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WSU drops to No. 21 in Associated Press poll

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Following an epic comeback, the Cougs get leapfrogged by the writers, but the coaches keep them at No. 22.

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

The Washington State Cougars’ amazing comeback over the Boise State Broncos left fans exhausted and elated as the clock approached midnight on the west coast, but it wasn’t enough to keep them from slipping a spot in the Associated Press poll.

The TCU Horned Frogs leaped over the Cougs (sorry, I had to) from No. 23 to 20, while WSU slid to No. 21.

It probably wasn’t so much that the Cougs needed something approximating a miracle to defeat the Broncos, coming back from a three-touchdown deficit to secure a 47-44 win in triple overtime; it likely had more to do with the TCU Horned Frogs going on the road and beating the Arkansas Razorbacks, 28-7.

Additionally, nobody in the bottom third of the top 25 lost this week. The biggest drop from a team above WSU was Stanford falling five spots to No. 19 after losing to now-No. 4 USC. Other ranked Pac-12 teams: Washington moved up to No. 6 after crushing Montana, and UCLA moved into the poll at No. 25, taking advantage of Notre Dame’s loss that dropped the Irish out.

The Cougs did remain No. 22 in the Coaches Poll.

Here’s the full poll:

AP Top 25 - 2017 Week 3

RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
RK TEAM REC PTS LAST WEEK NEXT WEEK
1 Alabama(58) 2-0 1522 vs Fresno State W 41-10 9/16 vs Colorado State
2 Oklahoma(2) 2-0 1447 @ #2 Ohio State W 31-16 9/16 vs Tulane
3 Clemson(1) 2-0 1380 vs #13 Auburn W 14-6 9/16 @ #14 Louisville
4 USC 2-0 1324 vs #14 Stanford W 42-24 9/16 vs Texas
5 Penn State 2-0 1299 vs Pittsburgh W 33-14 9/16 vs Georgia State
6 Washington 2-0 1124 vs Montana W 63-7 9/16 vs Fresno State
7 Michigan 2-0 1107 vs Cincinnati W 36-14 9/16 vs Air Force
8 Ohio State 1-1 1003 vs #5 Oklahoma L 31-16 9/16 vs Army
9 Oklahoma State 2-0 1002 @ South Alabama W 44-7 9/16 @ Pittsburgh
10 Wisconsin 2-0 993 vs Florida Atlantic W 31-14 9/16 @ BYU
11 Florida State 0-1 944 vs Louisiana Monroe L 0-0 vs #17 Miami L 0-0
12 LSU 2-0 935 vs Chattanooga W 45-10 9/16 @ Mississippi State
13 Georgia 2-0 882 @ #24 Notre Dame W 20-19 9/16 vs Samford
14 Louisville 2-0 658 @ North Carolina W 47-35 9/16 vs #3 Clemson
15 Auburn 1-1 591 @ #3 Clemson L 14-6 9/16 vs Mercer
16 Virginia Tech 2-0 559 vs Delaware W 27-0 9/16 @ East Carolina
17 Miami 1-0 542 @ Arkansas State L 0-0 @ #11 Florida State L 0-0
18 Kansas State 2-0 475 vs Charlotte W 55-7 9/16 @ Vanderbilt
19 Stanford 1-1 364 @ #6 USC L 42-24 9/16 @ San Diego State
20 TCU 2-0 352 @ Arkansas W 28-7 9/16 vs SMU
21 Washington State 2-0 233 vs Boise State W 47-44 9/16 vs Oregon State
22 South Florida 2-0 188 @ Connecticut L 0-0 9/15 vs Illinois
23 Tennessee 2-0 159 vs Indiana State W 42-7 9/16 @ #24 Florida
24 Florida 0-1 146 vs Northern Colorado L 0-0 9/16 vs #23 Tennessee
25 UCLA 2-0 119 vs Hawai'i W 56-23 9/16 @ Memphis
Dropped from rankings: Notre Dame 24. Others receiving votes: Utah 101, South Carolina 72, Colorado 66, West Virginia 63, Oregon 61, Maryland 42, Notre Dame 31, San Diego State 16, Houston 10, Mississippi State 3, Boise State 3, California 2, Vanderbilt 2, Iowa 2, Texas Tech 2, Michigan State 1 ESPN.com