UW Finishes 2013 in the AP Top 25

Huskies fans are all smiles with the news of a finish in the top 25. - Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Huskies finish the 2013 campaign ranked in the major polls.

Lear Pilot spoke, and the sports writers of America listened.

Your Washington Huskies have finished a season in the AP top 25 for the first time in over a decade.  Apparently, Marques Tuiasosopo was able to accomplish something that Steve Sarkisian never could ... finishing with a ranked team.

The USA Today Coaches Poll treated UW roughly the same way, showing them finishing as the first "others receiving votes" team in the poll - essentially, 26th in their rankings.

Washington closed out the season in typical strong fashion, with decisive wins in their final three games against an Oregon State team that outplayed but lost to Oregon, a rising WSU program and an always-tough BYU team that had performed well in one of the nation's toughest schedules.  The on-field success of key players such as Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who won the Mackey award, and Bishop Sankey, a Doak Walker finalist, undoubtedly helped to bolster the position of the Huskies in the minds of pollsters.

The final polls from the two major services generally mirror the final F/+ rankings that come from Football Outsiders and are generally considered the premier advanced stats based college football ranking system.  The Huskies, in the F/+ rankings, finished the year as the #19 team in the country - just behind LSU and Missouri and just ahead of Georgia, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M.

(Update:  RedmondLonghorn was kind enough to point out that the Sagarin final rankings had the Huskies at #11)

Finishing this highly across the polls bodes well for a team that is going through a transition.  The hiring of Chris Petersen and a new staff to replace the departing Steve Sarkisian regime combined with the graduation / retirement of key players such as Keith Price, Sean Parker, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Bishop Sankey create a lot of questions for the team as it moves into the 2014 offseason.  A top 25 finish to this season along with the buzz around the Petersen hire will keep the Dawgs in the minds of pollsters to start the next season.

AP Top 25 - Final Poll

Ranking School Last Week
1 Florida State 1
2 Auburn 2
3 Michigan State 4
4 South Carolina 8
5 Missouri 9
6 Oklahoma 11
7 Alabama 3
8 Clemson 12
9 Oregon 10
10 UCF 15
11 Stanford 5
12 Ohio State 7
13 Baylor 6
14 LSU 14
15 Louisville 18
16 UCLA 17
17 Oklahoma State 13
18 Texas A&M 20
19 USC 26
20 Notre Dame 25
21 Arizona State 16
22 Wisconsin 19
23 Duke 22
24 Vanderbilt 29
25 Washington 33


USA Today Coaches Poll- Final Poll

RANK TEAM RECORD POINTS FIRST PLACE VOTES PREVIOUS RANK CHANGE HI/LOW*
1 Florida State
Seminoles
14-0 1475 59 1 1/10
2 Auburn
Tigers
12-2 1388 0 2 2/NR
3 Michigan State
Spartans
13-1 1375 0 4 1 3/NR
4 South Carolina
Gamecocks
11-2 1219 0 8 4 4/20
5 Missouri
Tigers
12-2 1200 0 9 4 5/NR
6 Oklahoma
Sooners
11-2 1189 0 10 4 6/18
7 Clemson
Tigers
11-2 1091 0 11 4 4/11
8 Alabama
Crimson Tide
11-2 1086 0 3 5 1/8
9 Oregon
Ducks
11-2 975 0 12 3 2/12
10 Stanford
Cardinal
11-3 872 0 7 3 4/13
10 Ohio State
Buckeyes
12-2 872 0 6 4 2/10
12 Central Florida
Knights
12-1 865 0 15 3 12/NR
13 Baylor
Bears
11-2 796 0 5 8 4/NR
14 LSU
Tigers
10-3 719 0 14 6/19
15 Louisville
Cardinals
12-1 703 0 16 1 6/17
16 UCLA
Bruins
10-3 597 0 18 2 10/22
17 Oklahoma State
Cowboys
10-3 587 0 13 4 6/20
18 Texas A&M
Aggies
9-4 443 0 21 3 6/25
19 USC
Trojans
10-4 313 0 NR 19/NR
20 Arizona State
Sun Devils
10-4 302 0 17 3 13/NR
21 Wisconsin
Badgers
9-4 266 0 19 2 14/NR
22 Duke
Blue Devils
10-4 202 0 21 1 20/NR
23 Vanderbilt
Commodores
9-4 180 0 NR 23/NR
24 Notre Dame
Fighting Irish
9-4 125 0 NR 13/NR
25 Nebraska
Cornhuskers
9-4 123 0 NR 15/NR

Others Receiving Votes: Washington 67; Fresno State 54; Northern Illinois 21; Marshall 17; Texas Tech 13; Kansas State 11; Mississippi 7; Texas 4; Miami (Fla.) 4; East Carolina 3; Cincinnati 3; Arizona 2; North Texas 2; Utah State 2; Navy 1; Louisiana-Lafayette 1.

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