Washington State falls to No. 13 in College Football Playoff rankings
PULLMAN – The Cougars fell five spots to No. 13 in the latest edition of the College Football Playoff rankings and now appear to be on the outside looking as it relates to securing a New Year’s Six bowl berth.
Washington State came into the Apple Cup ranked No. 8 in the CFP poll, but the Cougars absorbed a 28-15 loss to Washington Friday at Martin Stadium and dropped out of the top-10 of the rankings, released today on ESPN’s College Football Playoff show.
UW’s sixth straight win over WSU in the rivalry series moved the Huskies up five spots to No. 11 in the rankings.
To earn a spot in one of the prestigious New Year’s Six bowl games – the Peach Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Cotton Bowl, the Sugar Bowl or the Rose Bowl – a team must be ranked inside the top 12 of the CFP poll. All five Power Five conference champions receive automatic bids, leaving seven more openings.
WSU (10-2, 7-2) dropped below four teams with three losses – Florida, LSU, Washington and Penn State – and now may require Memphis to beat UCF in the AAC championship game to climb back into the top 12.