Washington State is ranked No. 16 in the latest AP Top 25, released Sunday.

The Cougars climbed five spots in the poll after sitting at No. 21 in last week’s ranking. It’s the program’s highest ranking in an AP poll since the 2018 season.

They are joined by No. 7 Washington — which took over as the top-ranked Pac-12 team after smashing Cal — No. 8 USC, No. 9 Oregon, No. 10 Utah, and No. 19 Oregon State. Colorado and UCLA both dropped out of the poll after road losses in their Pac-12 openers.

Washington State beat Oregon State Saturday in Pullman, 38-35, for its second ranked win of the season.

Quarterback Cameron Ward was incredible in the victory. He hit 14 straight passes at one point, opening 19-for-20 and finishing 28-for-34 for 404 passing yards and five total touchdowns.

Perhaps even more impressive was the Cougars’ success at shutting down a tenacious Oregon State defense. The Beavs only got to Ward for one sack and had just four tackles for loss after coming into the game with 26.

Wazzu heads into its bye week this upcoming Saturday with a 4-0 record.

The rest of the AP Top 25 can be found below, with first-place votes in parentheses:

  1. Georgia (55)
  2. Michigan (1)
  3. Texas (2)
  4. Ohio State (1)
  5. Florida State (3)
  6. Penn State
  7. Washington (1)
  8. USC
  9. Oregon
  10. Utah
  11. Notre Dame
  12. Alabama
  13. LSU
  14. Oklahoma
  15. North Carolina
  16. Washington State
  17. Duke
  18. Miami
  19. Oregon State
  20. Ole Miss
  21. Tennessee
  22. Florida
  23. Missouri
  24. Kansas
  25. Fresno State

Others receiving votes: Kansas St. 57, Kentucky 41, Colorado 32, Louisville 32, UCLA 28, Maryland 20, TCU 17, Tulane 11, Syracuse 8, Wisconsin 6, Air Force 6, Clemson 5, Texas A&M 5