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ESPN moves WSU near the top of the Pac-12

ESPN has placed both Pac-12 teams from the state of Washington as the best in the conference after eight weeks. Who would have thought? The Pac-12 media sure didn't prior to the beginning of this season.

It may come as a surprise to everyone east of the Mississippi, or who doesn't live in Pullman, that ESPN moved up to the No. 2 spot in their weekly Pac-12 Power Rankings.

Here's what Kevin Gemmell had to say this week about the Cougs.

"The first half Saturday against Oregon State was ugly. That second half was sensational. I gave Utah credit a couple of weeks ago for winning at Oregon State, and I’m giving Washington State the same credit after a 35-31 win. Oregon State coach Gary Andersen has the Beavers fighting hard and they are a tougher out than people think, so a tip of the cap to WSU for the comeback. The Cougars are bowl eligible for the third time in four seasons and are one of just two teams left that are undefeated in Pac-12 play."

For Gemmell's complete rankings click HERE.

Once again this week ESPN's Kyle Bonagura passed out a sticker to a guy who wears a helmet with the WSU logo on both sides. Here's what the staff writer had to say about Wazzu's fourth-year junior quarterback.

"Washington State QB Luke Falk: He got off to a slow start and took a beating throughout, but Falk, as he does, came through with solid performance. He finished the game 33 of 46 and threw four of his five touchdown passes in the second half as the Cougars erased a 24-6 halftime deficit. WSU is 5-0 in the conference for the first time since its Rose Bowl season of 2002 and likely to be included in the first batch of College Football Playoff rankings when they are released on Tuesday."

For the complete ESPN story, click HERE.

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