Washington Rises to No. 4 in AP Top 25 After Impressive Win
Washington made a significant jump in the latest AP Top 25 rankings, surpassing Florida State to claim the No. 4 spot. The Huskies’ rise came after a thrilling 22-20 victory over Oregon State, further solidifying their dominance this season. Despite adverse weather conditions, Washington showcased their ability to overcome physical challenges and improve their record to a perfect 10-0.
The game against Oregon State proved that the high-flying Huskies can adapt when their passing attack is neutralized. With a season-low of 272 total yards, Washington relied on their defense to secure a 3-1 advantage in takeaways, ultimately escaping with the win despite being held scoreless in the second half.
Meanwhile, Florida State secured a convincing 58-13 victory over North Alabama. However, the triumph was marred by the loss of star quarterback Jordan Travis, who suffered a leg injury and was carted off the field in the first quarter. This setback has left the Seminoles in a state of uncertainty as they approach their regular season finale against Florida and the upcoming ACC Championship Game against Louisville.
Ohio State also experienced a significant shift in the rankings, surpassing Michigan to claim the No. 2 spot. The Buckeyes dominated Minnesota, solidifying their rise in both the Coaches Poll and the AP Top 25. On the other hand, the Wolverines struggled to secure a victory against Maryland and continue to navigate the suspension of coach Jim Harbaugh. The highly anticipated clash between these two Big Ten East rivals is set to take place this week.
At the top of the rankings, Georgia maintained its position with a commanding lead. The Bulldogs showcased their prowess by effortlessly defeating Tennessee on the road. Missouri also made a notable move, rising to No. 10 after defeating Florida, while Iowa re-entered the poll at No. 20 following a hard-fought 15-13 win over Illinois, improving their record to 9-2.
AP Top 25 Poll
- Georgia (61)
- Ohio State (1)
- Florida State
- Penn State
- Ole Miss
- Oregon State
- Notre Dame
- Kansas State
- Oklahoma State
- James Madison
Others receiving votes: Utah 69, NC State 66, UNLV 56, SMU 49, North Carolina 26, Clemson 20, Kansas 7, Fresno St. 6, New Mexico St. 3, UCLA 1, Miami (Ohio) 1, Texas A&M 1.