Washington was rewarded for its 44-6 victory over Stanford in both major polls following the completion of Week 5 of the 2016 college football season.
The Huskies moved up five spots to No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, now behind only Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Michigan. It’s the highest Washington has been ranked since it finished the 2000 season at No. 3 after beating Purdue in the Rose Bowl.
The move up for the Huskies came at the expense, somewhat, of the University of Houston. Despite a convincing 42-14 win over UConn on Thursday. The Cougars best opportunity to make a significant jump in the polls may have to wait until November 17 when UH hosts Louisville.
The Cards dropped from third to seventh following the dramatic 42-36 loss at Clemson Saturday night. With the win, the Tigers moved up to number three.
Five teams moved into the Top 25 at the expense of five schools that suffered various forms of defeats.
An embarrassing loss which may ultimately cost Texas head coach Charlie Strong his job, also cost the Longhorns a spot in the polls. Michigan State suffered a second-straight defeat, losing at Indiana in overtime.
South Alabama picked up its second “major” win of the year. After beating Mississippi State in Starkville to start the season, the Jags defeated SDSU in Mobile, AL to drop the Aztecs from the ranks. Georgia’s second consecutive defeat, this time on a last second hail mary by Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs moved the Bulldogs out of the polls, while TCU moved out and Oklahoma moved back into the polls after the Sooners 52-46 win over the Horned Frogs.
Joining Oklahoma in the AP poll this week, Colorado moved into the polls for the first time since 2005. Virginia Tech, West Virginia and North Carolina also moved into the Top 25 this week.