Statement loss for Huskies and AP poll gridlock
Washington quarterback Keith Price throws a pass against Stanford Saturday.
Breaking down the Associated Press college football poll after Week 6 of the regular season.
Statement loss: This will provide little relief to coach Steve Sarkisian and Washington, which lost a heartbreaker to Stanford on Saturday night, but no team left a better impression this weekend than the Huskies.
Washington lost 31-28 on the road and dropped only one spot to No. 16 in the Associated Press college football poll Sunday.
The Huskies outgained the Cardinal offensively by 205 yards, and looked every bit the equal of the No. 5 team in the country. A video review of a fourth-down pass by Washington, reversed to incomplete after being ruled a catch, essentially ended the Huskies’ upset bid. It was a close call.
That result, along with Ohio State’s come-from-behind 40-30 victory at Northwestern, helped the top five teams in the Top 25 hold their places for a fourth straight week.
Alabama is No. 1, followed by Oregon, Clemson, Ohio State and Stanford. The Tide received 55 first-place votes and Oregon got the rest.
Gridlock: There have been few upsets to re-arrange the rankings so far this season.
Only three teams ranked in the 15 have lost unranked team, and one of them was Florida’s loss to Miami. Of the teams ranked in the preseason top 12, five have lost but all those losses came against teams that are currently ranked.
All of this has created poll gridlock. The last time the top five teams went four weeks with no changes was late in the 2004 season, when Southern California was No. 1, followed by Oklahoma, Auburn, California and Utah. There was one catch in ’04. One of those weeks Auburn tied Oklahoma for second.
Moving in: Missouri (5-0), coming off a 51-28 victory against Vanderbilt, moved into the ranking for the first time since September 2011. The Tigers are 25th, heading into Saturday’s game at Georgia. Missouri will be the fourth ranked opponent Georgia has played in its first six games.
Moving out: Mississippi dropped out of the rankings after a second straight loss in the state of Alabama. The Rebels lost 30-22 to Auburn on Saturday after being shut out by Alabama the week before.
From the archive: No. 15 Baylor moved up two spots after beating West Virginia 73-42. It’s the sixth time this season that a ranked team has scored 70 or more points. That matches the most (1944 and 1995) in a season.