Cougs climb to No. 6

WASHINGTON STATE was idle Saturday, but the Cougars' stock in the national polls has skyrocketed because six of the 11 teams ranked higher than them heading into this past weekend's games were upended.

WSU moved up a whopping six spots from a week ago and now ranks No.6 in both the Associated Press and ESPN coaches polls.

That marks the Cougars' highest ranking since climbing to No. 3 late last season. WSU concluded the 2001 and 2002 seasons at No. 10 in both polls.

The Cougars' rise this week was made possible by a swath of destruction among the top 10: Texas' drubbing at the hands of Oklahoma; Arkansas' loss to Auburn; Missouri's upset of Nebraska; Florida's big win over LSU; Florida State's loss to Miami and Wisconsin's upset of Ohio State.

The Cougars also received a little from below. Three team's appeared poised to leapfrog them in the rankings this week, but those clubs also went down to defeat: Minnesota in a heartbreaker to Michigan, Tennessee to Georgia and Pittsburgh to Notre Dame.

USC is the only Pac-10 school ranked higher than WSU. The Trojans are at No. 4 in the coaches poll and No. 5 in the AP rankings.

This is the 33rd week in the last two-and-a-half seasons that WSU has ranked in the top 25.

The crimson cats are 5-1 on the season and travel to Stanford on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 2 pm PT. The Card dropped a 44-21 decision to USC over the weekend to even their record at 2-2. Their other loss was to Washington. Victories have come against San Jose State and Brigham Young.

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