Huskies Jump Into the Top 15

Kevin Casey

Week 6 polls are out and the Huskies continue to slowly ascend.

The release of the latest USA Today and AP rankings show continued improvement in standing for the now 4-0 Washington Huskies. The AP, which is not included in BCS calculations, improved the Huskies to 15th overall with some voters including UW as high as ninth in their ballots. The USA Today Coaches Poll also had the Huskies higher, moving them up from 20th to 18th this week.

The Huskies continue to get recognized for the steady handling of their business against the middle of the road competition that they've faced so far this season. Their victories have been characterized by tough defense that has held each opponent to below their own average production in yardage and scoring and a high tempo offense that has generated more yardage in the first four games than any other Husky team in history.

Washington is one of five Pac 12 teams appearing in each poll, just ahead of Arizona State and trailing Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA. The SEC has six teams in the top 25, including five different teams with at least one loss. None of the ranked Pac 12 teams has suffered a single defeat. Washington begins the toughest stretch of its schedule over the next two weeks as they travel to #5 Stanford and then host #2 Oregon in the new Husky Stadium.

USA TODAY Coaches Poll Top 25 - Week 6

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS PREVIOUS RANK
1 Alabama (59) 4-0 1546 1
2 Oregon (2) 4-0 1479 2
3 Ohio St. 5-0 1397 3
4 Clemson (1) 4-0 1352 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1325 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1148 10
7 Louisville 4-0 1147 7
8 Florida St. 4-0 1129 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1072 9
10 Oklahoma 4-0 964 12
11 LSU 4-1 931 6
12 South Carolina 3-1 860 13
13 UCLA 3-0 812 14
14 Miami 4-0 727 15
15 Northwestern 4-0 620 16
16 Baylor 3-0 573 18
17 Michigan 4-0 546 17
18 Washington 4-0 545 20
19 Florida 3-1 515 19
20 Oklahoma St. 3-1 330 11
21 Fresno St. 4-0 270 23
22 Texas Tech 4-0 231 25
23 Northern Illinois 4-0 131 NR
24 Arizona St. 3-1 118 NR
25 Nebraska 3-1 71

NR

AP Poll - Week 6

Rank Team Record Votes Previous
1 Alabama (55) 4-0 1,495 1
2 Oregon (5) 4-0 1,422 2
3 Clemson 4-0 1,354 3
4 Ohio State 5-0 1,305 4
5 Stanford 4-0 1,280 5
6 Georgia 3-1 1,171 9
7 Louisville 4-0 1,091 7
8 Florida State 4-0 1,069 8
9 Texas A&M 4-1 1,012 10
10 LSU 4-1 979 6
11 Oklahoma 4-0 838 14
12 UCLA 3-0 834 13
13 South Carolina 3-1 812 12
14 Miami (FL) 4-0 753 15
15 Washington 4-0 665 16
16 Northwestern 4-0 550 17
17 Baylor 3-0 536 19
18 Florida 3-1 481 20
19 Michigan 4-0 471 18
20 Texas Tech 4-0 264 24
21 Oklahoma State 3-1 230 11
22 Arizona State 3-1 192 NR
23 Fresno State 4-0 187 25
24 Mississippi 3-1 132 21
25 Maryland 4-0 119 NR
Others Receiving Votes: Northern Illinois 104, Virginia Tech 49, Wisconsin 46, Nebraska 20, Missouri 14, Notre Dame 12, UCF 6, Michigan State 5, Rutgers 2

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