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October 7, 2013

Statement loss for Washington Huskies and AP poll gridlock

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NORMAN —

The Ducks come to Seattle on Saturday for another huge game and another chance for UW to make a statement with a victory. Oregon will be greeted by a confident Price, playing behind a much improved line and with an array of talented playmakers at his disposal. Defensively, the Huskies are fast and sure-tacklers, masterfully coached by coordinator Justin Wilcox.

“I think the thing that we proved to ourselves is we can beat anybody in the country,” Sarkisian said Saturday night.

The Huskies haven’t reached eight wins in a season since 2001 and haven’t earned a BCS bid since 2000. It’s been more than 20 years since they were the perennial class of the conference, winning a share of the national title in 1991 under coach Don James.

No matter what happens against Oregon, there are plenty of reasons for Washington fans to be optimistic right now.

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.

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