Fresh off picking up their ninth win of the season — a 33-25 affair in which they took the ball away from the Utah Utes a whopping seven times — the Washington State Cougars rose in the polls once again, jumping up to No. 15 in the Associated Press rankings this morning.
The Cougs also are No. 16 in the coaches poll.
The most notable thing about the poll is that the Cougars are again the second highest Pac-12 team, having leapfrogged the Washington Huskies, who lost big on the road to the Stanford Cardinal on Friday.
The chaos was just getting started with that loss; it was a crazy Saturday in the college football world, and while a lot of it took place well in front of the Cougs and didn’t help them much, there were some key losses that benefited WSU: the formerly No. 13 Michigan State Spartans lost big to the Ohio State Buckeyes; No. 17 Virginia Tech Hokies went down to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets; and the No. 18 Mississippi State Bulldogs lost at the gun to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Joining WSU in the polls are the USC Trojans (12 in AP, 10 in coaches), UW (16/15), and Stanford (20/23).
The new College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed Tuesday evening.