The Cougars hold at No. 10 in the AP poll this week and the Huskies return to the rankings at No. 20. Last time they were the conference’s only ranked teams? Try 1936.
The Huskies’ absence from The Associated Press Top 25 didn’t last long.
Washington returned to the AP poll on Sunday — climbing six spots to No. 20 — a day after its 27-23 victory over Stanford at Husky Stadium.
Washington State, meanwhile, held at No. 10 after the Cougars’ 19-13 victory over California late Saturday.
The Huskies (7-3, 5-2 Pac-12) and Cougars (8-1, 5-1) are the only teams from the Pac-12 Conference ranked in the AP Top 25 this week.
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Last time that happened? Try 82 years ago.
On Nov. 23, 1936, the Huskies were ranked No. 6 and the Cougars were No. 20, the only two teams from the then-Pacific Coast conference ranked that week, according to research by the AP’s Tim Booth.
More and more it is looking like the Pac-12 North will again be decided in the Apple Cup, and the anticipation for continues to build for their day-after-Thanksgiving showdown in Pullman.
The Cougars hold a half-game lead over the Huskies atop the North going into their game this Saturday at Colorado (12:30 p.m., ESPN). WSU closes out the regular season with home games against Arizona (Nov. 17) and the Huskies (Nov. 23).
The Huskies are idle this week. Their home finale is Nov. 17 against Oregon State, with the Apple Cup six days later.