The Cougars are ranked behind four three-loss teams, which could hamper their hopes of earning an at-large berth to a New Year’s Six bowl.
The Washington Huskies jumped five spots to No. 11 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday afternoon, four days after UW’s victory over Washington State in the Apple Cup.
The Huskies (9-3), No. 10 in this week’s Associated Press poll, will play Utah (9-3) in Friday’s Pac-12 championship game. The Utes are ranked No. 17 in the CFP and the AP this week.
Washington State (10-2), meanwhile, dropped five spots to No. 13 in the CFP, putting them behind four three-loss teams — UW, Florida, LSU and Penn State — which could hamper the Cougars’ hopes of earning an at-large berth to a New Year’s Six bowl (either Fiesta or Peach).
The CFP selection committee will announce its top four playoff teams and the rest of the New Year’s Six matchups on Sunday.