Washington State enters both the Coaches and Associated Press top 25 polls for first time this season

IT'S BEEN EIGHT GAMES in the making, but Washington State football (6-2, 5-0 Pac-12) has returned to the national rankings. Indeed, the Cougs are back in both the Coaches and Associated Press top 25 polls.

The Coaches Poll was released early Sunday morning revealing good news for Cougar Nation. Later, the AP followed suit. And WSU garnered enough votes to move up one notch this week to No. 25 in both metrics.

Wazzu joins Washington (No. 4), Utah (No. 16) and Colorado (No. 20/21) representing the Pac-12 in the top 25 polls.

It's the first time in a season (one that began 0-2) that the Cougs have been ranked.  Washington State's high water mark last season was No. 20 in both polls in Week 11.

There may have been even more coaches and writers who would like what they see from the Cougs this season, but with WSU's victory over Oregon State not secured until well after midnight east of the Mississippi, Wazzu may well remain a curiosity in the minds of many.  The Cougs have played five of eight games this season with a 7pm Pacific or later kickoff time.

To compound the issue of playing a late game Saturday night, the Cougs got off to a rocky start and trailed Oregon State at halftime by three scores.

One group of experts also impressed by what Mike Leach and the Cougars have done in their first eight games is the CBS 128 voters. They peg Washington State at No. 24 in their Top 25 rankings.

For the complete Top 25 polls updated October 30, 2016, click HERE.

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