Poll Dancing: Huskies Keep Movin'

The new Husky Stadium, home to your ranked Washington Huskies - Otto Greule Jr

The Huskies are putting up big numbers to start 2013 and the pollsters have noticed.

The Washington Huskies are doing just about everything that one could ask for in terms of earning the style points that pollsters, who invest not nearly enough time in examining how games are won and lost, look at when determining how they are going to vote.

Blowout wins?  Check

Wins on the road?  Check

Wins against legit FBS competition?  Check

Pure domination against FCS competition?  Check

Big offensive output?  Check

Serviceable if not outstanding defensive prowess?  Check

Good output from "name brand" players?  Check

As a result of hitting all of the right checkboxes, the Huskies are College Football's version of the Jeffersons - they are movin' on up.  The problem?  Most of the other teams ahead of them in the polls are taking care of their own business.  Thus, while the pressure and credentials are mounting, the actual slotting hasn't changed all that dramatically.  In this week's AP Poll, the Huskies improved a slot moving from 17 to 16 thanks to the ongoing jitters that Michigan keeps having with less-than-acceptable levels of competition.  The USA Today Coaches Poll isn't ready to reward the Huskies, holding them at 20 while inexplicably allowing both one-loss Florida and a reeling Michigan team to hold their spots ahead of UW.

No matter what you think of the Huskies in terms of where they ought to be ranked, things are going to start swinging for them pretty rapidly.  This week's opponent, Arizona, is a "receiving votes" team and will be a good measuring stick for the Dawgs.  A dominating win would put pressure on the pollsters while any kind of W would essentially ensure their current positioning.  The following two weeks are #5 Stanford and #2 Oregon.  The Huskies, who are sure to be underdawgs in both affairs, could make wild swings up or down in the polls depending on how competitive they are in each game.

Week 5: AP POLL

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (56) 3-0 1,496 1
2 Oregon (4) 3-0 1,418 2
3 Clemson 3-0 1,340 3
4 Ohio State 4-0 1,320 4
5 Stanford 3-0 1,270 5
6 LSU 4-0 1,167 6
7 Louisville 4-0 1,088 7
8 Florida State 3-0 1,049 8
9 Georgia 2-1 1,029 9
10 Texas A&M 3-1 1,011 10
11 Oklahoma State 3-0 849 11
12 South Carolina 2-1 828 12
13 UCLA 3-0 798 13
14 Oklahoma 3-0 689 14
15 Miami (FL) 3-0 687 16
16 Washington 3-0 559 17
17 Northwestern 4-0 477 18
18 Michigan 4-0 450 15
19 Baylor 3-0 441 20
20 Florida 2-1 414 19
21 Mississippi 3-0 342 21
22 Notre Dame 3-1 256 22
23 Wisconsin 3-1 130 24
24 Texas Tech 4-0 127 25
25 Fresno State 3-0 110 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Arizona State 41, Georgia Tech 30, Maryland 24, UCF 19, Nebraska 13, Northern Illinois 9, Arizona 8, Virginia Tech 4, Michigan State 3, Missouri 2, Rutgers 1, Navy 1


Week 5: USA Today Coaches Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (59) 3-0 1547 1
2 Oregon (3) 3-0 1480 2
3 Ohio St. 4-0 1399 3
4 Clemson 3-0 1332 4
5 Stanford 3-0 1312 5
6 LSU 4-0 1161 7
7 Louisville 4-0 1140 6
8 Florida St. 3-0 1121 8
9 Texas A&M 3-1 1044 9
10 Georgia 2-1 1020 10
11 Oklahoma St. 3-0 909 11
12 Oklahoma 3-0 863 12
13 South Carolina 2-1 825 13
14 UCLA 3-0 731 15
15 Miami 3-0 613 17
16 Northwestern 4-0 560 16
17 Michigan 4-0 534 14
18 Baylor 3-0 465 19
19 Florida 2-1 449 18
20 Washington 3-0 427 20
21 Mississippi 3-0 331 22
22 Notre Dame 3-1 317 21
23 Fresno St. 3-0 156 25
24 Wisconsin 3-1 98 NR
25 Texas Tech 4-0 92 NR

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