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Huskies at No. 6 in Latest College Football Playoff Rankings

The Dawgs still have a path to the playoff, but their margin for error has officially been laid to rest.

NCAA Football: Washington at Utah Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

Washington’s upset defeat Saturday at the hands of Sam Darnold and the USC Trojans was bound to drop the Huskies in the College Football Playoff selection committee’s rankings; the only question was how far. Fortunately, misery loves company: The carnage visited upon the rest of the top 10 — five of the top nine teams lost, including Nos. 2, 3, and 4 for the first time since 1985 — means that the Huskies didn’t drop too far.

At No. 6, Washington presumably has a clear path to the playoff despite their recent loss. Despite the recent mark on their record, the Huskies still have a very realistic opportunity to finish the season as a 12-1 conference champion. In that scenario, we would see the clearest test yet of the importance the committee places upon conference championships, as Washington would likely be jockeying for the No. 4 position alongside one-loss Louisville.