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WSU football: Polls, rankings and other Sunday nuggets: How do Cougs rate now that winning streak's been snapped?

THERE WAS A TIME Ted Miller of ESPN used to read Cougfan.com, back when he was a writer for the Seattle PI and covered the Huskies. But it seems Ted doesn’t read CF.C anymore. Otherwise, he would have seen our Friday article detailing Sefo Liufau’s mentorship under Alex Brink, as well as Jack Thompson. We’re hurt, Ted.

“Washington State fans might not want to learn this," wrote Miller on Sunday morning, "but Colorado QB Sefo Liufau credited his dramatically improved performance as a senior to paying out of his own pocket for extra coaching last summer in the Portland area. His coach? Alex Brink. Yeah, the Cougars former record-setting QB — that Alex Brink. Liufau rushed for three touchdowns and 108 yards and passed for 345 yards in the Buffaloes' 38-24 victory over Washington State on Saturday."

THE COACHES POLL is out. The Cougs dropped three spots to No. 23 after the loss at Colorado. The full poll is at the bottom of this article. 

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS POLL was released a few minutes after 11 a.m. on Sunday and mirrored the Coaches poll: WSU is ranked No. 23 in the AP. 

Five Pac-12 teams are in both polls this week, second to the SEC (6), with the Big Ten also placing five teams in the polls. But here's the difference between the Pac-12 and the Big Ten: three Big Ten teams are in the AP top 5, and three Big Ten teams are in the Coaches' top 6.  The full poll is at the bottom of this article. 

THE EARLY LINE for the Apple Cup has been released: Vegas has the Cougs as a 6-point underdog to the Huskies in Friday's Apple Cup (12:30 pm, Fox).

The winner, you may have heard, wins the Pac-12 North and earns a berth in the Pac-12 championship game against the South champ (Colorado, if it beats Utah; or USC if Colorado loses).

ON ESPN.com, blogger Kevin Gemmell dropped the Cougs to No. 4 in his Pac-12 power rankings.  WSU had been No. 1 before the loss in Boulder. The top four: Colorado, USC, UW and Wazzu.  Stanford is No. 5, followed by Utah, ASU, Oregon, UCLA, Cal, Oregon State and Arizona.

FOLLOWING THE loss to Colorado, ESPN dropped the Cougs just one spot to No. 15 in its Football Power Index. The FPI now gives Washington State a 39.3 percent chance of beating UW in the Apple Cup.

ESPN, as expected, didn't hand out any Washington State helmet stickers to WSU players after the loss to Colorado.

RELATED: Two WSU greats coached up Colorado QB

Coaches Poll
1. Alabama
2. Ohio State
3. Clemson
4. Michigan
5. Washington
6. Wisconsin
7. Oklahoma
8. Penn State
9. Colorado
10. Oklahoma St.
11. Louisville
12. USC
13. Florida
14. Florida St.
15. Nebraska
16. Auburn
17. West Virginia
18. Western Michigan
19. Boise State
20. Utah
21. Houston
22. Texas A&M
23. Washington State
24. Tennessee
25. North Carolina

AP Poll
1. Alabama             
2. Ohio St.              
3. Michigan              
4. Clemson               
5. Wisconsin              
6. Washington            
7. Oklahoma               
8. Penn St.               
9. Colorado               
10. Oklahoma St.           
11. Louisville             
12. Southern Cal           
13. Florida                
14. W. Michigan            
15. Florida St.            
16. Auburn                
17. Nebraska               
18. Houston                
19. West Virginia          
20. Boise St.             
21. Utah                   
22. Texas A&M              
23. Washington State         
24. Tennessee              
25. LSU 


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