Even with its 71-20 rout of Oregon Saturday, Washington was unable to move up in the Associated Press college football new released Monday. No. 5 last week, the Huskies stayed there this week because the top four teams — Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan — scored decisive victories as well.
Washington, 6-0 for the first time since 1992, received 1,286 points and trails the No. 1 Crimson Tide (1,520), No. 2 Buckeyes (1,444), No. 3 Tigers (1,406) and No. 4 Wolverines (1,339). Texas A&M (6-0), eighth last week, jumped into the No. 6 slot with 1,202 points. Last week, the Huskies received 1,234 points to achieve their highest AP ranking since they finished the 2000 season at No. 3.
The Huskies, idle this week and who will play Oregon State in Seattle at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, also moved up one notch to No. 5 in the coaches poll. At the midpoint of the season, the College Football Playoffs seem clear if all run the table: Alabama, Clemson and Washington, and the winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game.
Utah (5-1) is the only other Pac-12 school in AP’s Top 25. The Utes are 21st with 287 points, up three spots from last week. The Huskies will play Utah in Salt Lake City Oct. 29.
Stanford, which has lost in back-to-back weeks to the Huskies and Washington State, dropped out of the Top 25 (for the first time since early in the 2015 season) after entering the weekend No. 15. Colorado (22) and the Cougars (9) also received votes in the AP poll.
The last time the Pac-12 had only two teams ranked was Sept. 6, 2011.
The AP poll is normally released on Sunday, but wasn’t published due to Hurricane Matthew, which forced the postponement from Saturday to Sunday of some key games.