BY SPNW Staff 11:43AM 11/20/2016

Huskies advance: No. 6 in AP poll, No. 5 in coaches

Washington advanced one spot in the AP poll (to No. 6) and two places in the coaches poll (No. 5), both released Sunday. The College Playoff Rankings will be released Tuesday.

Dante Pettis caught a 46-yard TD pass from Jake Browning against Arizona State. / Drew Sellers, Sportspress Northwest

Following its 44-18 victory over Arizona State Saturday night, Washington moved up one spot Sunday in the Associated Press poll to No. 6 and two places in the coaches poll to No. 5. The more significant College Football Playoff Rankings, in which Washington was No. 6 last week, will be released Tuesday (4 p.m., ESPN).

The top four teams in the final CFP rankings as of Dec. 4 will earn berths in the national semifinals, scheduled for Dec. 31 at the Peach Bowl in Atlanta and the Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, AZ. The national championship is Jan. 9 in Tampa.

Washington (10-1 overall, 7-1 Pac-12) received 1,220 points, up slightly from the 1,150 points the Huskies received last week. Alabama (11-0) remained No. 1 with 1,525 points. A 31-3 winner over Chattanooga Saturday, the Crimson Tide are followed by No. 2 Ohio State (10-1, 1,455), No. 3 Michigan (10-1, 1,370), No. 4 Clemson (10-1, 1,347) and No. 5 Wisconsin (9-2, 1,255). All of the teams ranked ahead of UW won Saturday.

Washington displaced last week’s No. 5 Louisville, a 36-10 loser to the University of Houston.

Colorado and USC advanced three places in the AP poll, the Buffaloes moving from No. 22 to No. 19 and the Trojans jumping from No. 15 to No. 12. Colorado knocked off Washington State 38-24 in Boulder, and USC throttled UCLA 36-14.

Utah, No. 11 last week, fell to No. 21 after losing in the last minute at home to Oregon, a loss that will keep the Utes out of the Pac-12 title game. The Cougars dropped from No. 20 to No. 23, but with a 7-1 conference record are still alive to represent the Northern Division in the conference title contest.

In the coaches poll, Washington (1,297 points) jumped two spots to No. 5.  Last week, the Huskies received 1,190 points. Alabama (1,575) remained No. 1, followed by No. 2 Ohio State (1,482), No. 3 Clemson (1.420) and No. 4 Michigan (1,404).

Among Pac-12 schools, Colorado (1,052) parlayed its win over Washington State into a three-spot jump to No. 9. USC (774) advanced seven spots to No. 12, Utah (374), a last-minute loser to Oregon at home, fell nine spots to No. 20, and the Cougars (132) dropped three places to No. 23.

The Huskies travel to Pullman Friday for the Apple Cup showdown with Washington State at 12:30 p.m. (FOX). The forecast is for a 20 percent chance of rain and a high of 41 degrees.

The winner will play in the Pac-12 championship game Dec. 2 at Santa Clara, CA.


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  • disqus_0fotImVld4

    It’s been a long time since the football Huskies have been mentioned with the “big players” in the national rankings, so here is my take on this mess: Conference champions don’t mean as much anymore, and the SEC and the Big Ten rankings seem to prove my point. Schools (now stop this Doug! You know they should be called teams!) in third or fourth place in their conference, depending on how the sports pundits experts deem them, can easily be judged as more deserving in the rankings than champions in lesser conferences. So here is my question/suggestion: Sports like golf have the right idea–give these teams, especially the ones in the so-called power conferences, a handicap–and start a game with a lesser team in the lead, say 30 to zero. Then when the higher ranked team loses or wins, make that the official score, and forget the “expert judgements” of the pundits. Included in the handicap considerations should be which teams win the much talked about recruiting wars. Other handicap considerations: coaches’ salaries, game attendance, players who make it to the pro ranks, etc, etc. Then watch “teams” like Vanderbilt, Oregon State, San Jose State, and other doormats come to the fore.

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