BY Andrew Harvey 12:10PM 10/02/2016

Huskies in AP top five for first time since 2000

After the rout of Stanford, the Washington Huskies jumped five spots in the latest AP poll to become the No. 5 team in the nation.

Washington WR John Ross caught one of QB Jake Browning’s three touchdown passes Friday. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

After a dominant 44-6 win over then-No. 7 Stanford Friday, the University of Washington football team moved up to the fifth in the Associated rankings Sunday. Washington also gained in the coaches’ poll, jumping to No. 6.

The fifth-place ranking is the highest for the 5-0 Huskies since a No. 3 ranking in 2000 under Rick Neuheisel, when Washington went 11-1 and last won the Rose Bowl.

Washington received 1,234 points in the latest poll. Alabama (5-0) remained in first with 1,514 points and 53 first-place votes, followed by Ohio State (4-0, 1,451 points, six first-place votes), No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 1,403 points, one first-place vote) and No. 4 Michigan (5-0, 1,334 points, one first-place vote).

Stanford, meanwhile, dropped eight spots to the No. 15 spot in both the AP and coaches’ polls.

Two other Pac-12 Conference teams moved in the AP top 25. Colorado claimed the No. 18 slot after a 47-6 win over Oregon State, while the previous No. 18 Utah Utes fell to No. 21 after a 28-23 loss to Cal.

In the coaches’ poll, Colorado and Utah occupy the 23rd and 24th slots in the rankings.

Washington will travel to Oregon (2-3, 0-2 Pac-12) for a 4:30 p.m. kickoff Saturday (FOX). The Huskies look to snap a 12-game losing streak to the Ducks, stretching back to 2004.


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