AP Top 25: Washington State breaks top 10, Utah jumps to No. 16
Washington State (7-1, 4-1 Pac-12) goes from No. 14 to No. 10 following the Cougs’ 41-38 win at then-No. 24 Stanford on Saturday. WSU quarterback Gardner Minshew II completed 40 of his 50 pass attempts, including 19 straight in the second half, totaling 438 yards and three touchdowns through the air. Two of those touchdowns came in the fourth quarter: the first to tie it 31-31 and the second to go ahead 38-31 with 4:28 left to play. Stanford was quick to react with another tying TD at 1:25, leaving Minshew II to set up the game-winning 42-yard field goal by Blake Mazza.
Washington State now has won four in a row and looks to make it five against Cal (5-3, 2-3 Pac-12) this Saturday in Pullman.
The Utes (6-2, 4-2 Pac-12) move from No. 23 up to No. 16 with a 41-10 victory over UCLA (2-6, 2-3 Pac-12) Saturday in Los Angeles. Utah got off to a sluggish start against Chip Kelly’s Bruins, only managing a field goal in the first quarter, but a switch flipped in the second quarter and the Utes didn’t look back. Four of their five TDs on the night came on the ground; Zack Moss leading all Utah ballcarriers with 211 yards and three touchdowns on 26 carries. The Utes’ defense was a highlight as well, forcing two interceptions and keeping the Bruins out of the red zone for all but two drives.
Next up for Utah: Arizona State (4-4, 2-3 Pac-12) in Tempe this Saturday afternoon.
Washington, Stanford, Oregon and Cal all received votes in this week’s poll.
Here’s the complete AP Top 25 poll for Week 10:
3. Notre Dame
8. Ohio State
10. Washington State
12. West Virginia
14. Penn State
18. Utah State
20. Fresno State
21. Mississippi State
24. Boston College
25. Texas A&M