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WSU drops to No. 12 in AP poll following Apple Cup loss

The Cougars find themselves in a tie with LSU.

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

The Washington State Cougars dropped five spots in the Associated Press poll, to No. 12, following their 28-15 loss in the Apple Cup. The coaches dropped WSU to No. 13.

The Cougs (10-2) are tied in the AP with the LSU Tigers, who suffered their third loss in the craziest way imaginable — to the No. 22 Texas A&M Aggies, 74-72 in seven danged overtimes.

Hopefully, this isn’t a precursor of what’s to come in the ranking that actually matters: The one put together by the College Football Playoff committee that determines who goes to the New Years Six bowl games. A number of three loss teams leapt the Cougs — including the Texas Longhorns and Florida Gators — and if WSU is outside the top 12 of the CFP to end the season, they won’t be eligible for one of the big games.

Joining WSU in the poll are the Washington Huskies, who moved up to No. 10 following their win, and the Utah Utes, who moved up to No. 17 following their comeback win over the BYU Cougars.

The new CFP rankings will be released on Tuesday evening.