The Washington Huskies have moved up to No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 20 in the USA Today Coaches Poll after defeating the Illinois Fighting Illini in Chicago Saturday afternoon. The Huskies are one of five Pac-12 teams ranked in the poll, an increase from last week.
Joining Washington in the AP top-25 is Oregon at No. 2, Stanford at No. 5, UCLA at No. 13 and Arizona State at No. 23. For ASU, it’s the first time the Sun Devils have been ranked since mid-way through the 2011 season.
UCLA jumped three spots after a convincing win on the road against Nebraska. Oregon, Stanford and the rest of the top-5 remained the same after everyone either took care of business or had a bye.
There is a significant drop off in points after No. 16 Miami. The Hurricanes received 641 points, compared to the Huskies’ 496 at No. 17. The only bigger separation in the poll is the 153 points separating No. 10 Texas A&M and No. 11 Oklahoma State.
The last time the Huskies were ranked as high as No. 17 in the AP poll was the preseason poll in 2003. The last time they were ranked this high during the season was in 2002, when they were ranked No. 12.
The Huskies will look to improve to 3-0 next week against the Idaho State Bengals for the first time since 2001.