Washington Enters Top 5 in AP Top 25 Rankings for First Time in 6 Years

         

Summary: After a thrilling victory against Oregon, Washington climbed to No. 5 in the latest AP Top 25 college football poll, marking their highest ranking in six years. Meanwhile, Air Force makes its first appearance in the rankings since 2019.

In a weekend filled with blowout wins for the top four teams, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, and Florida State maintained their positions in the AP Top 25 college football poll. Georgia remained at the top with 43 first-place votes, while Washington received two first-place votes and rose two spots to secure a No. 5 ranking. This is the Huskies’ best ranking since reaching No. 5 in 2017, and the highest they’ve been ranked this late in the season since their College Football Playoff appearance in 2016.

Washington’s rise in the rankings was fueled by their thrilling 36-33 victory over Oregon, in which the Ducks missed a potential game-tying field goal on the final play. As a result, Oregon dropped to No. 9, swapping places with No. 8 Texas. North Carolina also made a move up to a season-high No. 10 after defeating Miami 41-31.

A notable newcomer to the AP Top 25 is Air Force, which entered the rankings for the first time since 2019. The Falcons achieved this feat by maintaining a perfect record and defeating rival Wyoming. In the updated rankings, Southern California dropped eight spots to No. 18 after suffering their first loss of the season to Notre Dame, who rose six places to No. 15.

The University of Alabama, which has not been ranked in the top 10 since Week 2, remains at No. 11 despite beating Arkansas. The Crimson Tide will have a chance to climb back into the top 10 next week as they face No. 17 Tennessee. However, they will then have a week off before hosting No. 19 LSU.

Other teams that rejoined the AP Top 25 this week include No. 20 Missouri, No. 23 Tulane, and No. 24 Iowa. On the other hand, Washington State, Kansas, Kentucky, and Miami all dropped out of the rankings after suffering their second losses of the season.

The SEC and Pac-12 are tied for the conference with the most teams represented in the rankings, with six teams from each conference. The Big Ten and ACC follow with four teams each, while the Big 12, American, Mountain West, and Independent conferences have two or fewer teams in the AP Top 25.

Tags: Washington, AP Top 25, college football, rankings, Air Force

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