4 in the AP Top 25

Mandel’s Top 10 Washington State proved it belongs

Mandel’s Top 10 Washington State proved it belongs

Alabama's big win over MS didn't keep Clemson from cutting into its lead in The Associated Press college football poll.

Washington State (5-0, 2-0) upset No. 5 USC Friday night at Martin Stadium 30-27 to beat a top-five team for the first time in 14 years. There are still a lot of games for both schools to play before that point, but it would be a remarkable game for the Pac-12 Conference if the rivalry game finally meant something on a national stage (again).

1, receiving 58 of the 64 first-place votes.

On the last weekend of September, things started to shake out a bit among the top teams in the FBS.

With its loss to the Cougars, USC (4-1, 2-1) fell to No. 14.

The Huskies demolished Oregon State 42-7 on Saturday, but they stayed pat in the poll and bypassed by Georgia, which moved up two spots to No. 5 in the spot previously held by USC.

Alabama (5-0) remained No. 1 in both polls and was followed in the AP rankings by No. 2 Clemson (5-0), No. 3 Oklahoma (4-0) and No. 4 Penn State (5-0).

WSU also reached No. 11 in the USA Today Amway Coaches Top 25 poll. 2 and 3 respectively.

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