Coaches Poll top 25: Washington State creeping up in the top 10, Ohio State falls

Following their late-night beatdown of Arizona, Washington State has moved up two spots to No. 7 in the latest the Amway Coaches' Poll. The Cougars are the Pac-12 highest-ranked team and the conference's only hope for a playoff spot with two weeks remaining before Selection Sunday. Wazzu moves into a spot previously occupied by West Virginia before the Mountaineers lost 45-41 at Oklahoma State. West Virginia drops five spots to No. 12. Otherwise, the top six teams in the top 10 remain the same. 

Another big winner from Week 12 is UCF, which also moves up two spots to No. 9 after handling Cincinnati 38-13. The Knights have their highest ranking of the season in the Coaches Poll while riding a 23-game winning streak. 

Most of the movement in this week's poll comes in spots 20-25. Four new teams -- Northwestern, Boise State, Army and Pitt -- make an appearance while Iowa State, Cincinnati, UAB and Boston College have fallen out of the rankings. 

Here's the entire Coaches Poll with first-place votes in parenthesis.

RankSchoolRecordPointsPREVIOUS
1Alabama (63)11-01,5991
2Clemson (1)11-01,5352
3Notre Dame11-01,4703
4Michigan10-11,3874
5Georgia10-11,3475
6Oklahoma10-11,2526
7Washington State10-11,1959
8LSU9-21,11510
9UCF10-01,10811
10Ohio State10-11,0918
11Texas8-381614
12West Virginia8-27667
13Florida8-374816
14Penn State8-374215
15Utah State10-170413
16Washington8-368717
17Utah8-355119
18Kentucky8-350221
19Syracuse8-343212
20Mississippi State7-439723
21Northwestern7-4302NR
22Boise State9-229724
23Fresno State9-2119NR
24Army9-297NR
25Pittsburgh7-490NR

Schools Dropped Out: No. 18 Iowa State, No. 20 Cincinnati, No. 22 Boston College, No. 25 UAB

Others Receiving Votes: Iowa State 85; Cincinnati 74; Texas A&M 57; NC State 51; Wisconsin 32; Missouri 27; Boston College 22; Auburn 20; Appalachian State 18; Troy 16; UAB 12; Iowa 12; Georgia Tech 10; Duke 7; Oklahoma State 3; Virginia 2; South Carolina 1; Buffalo 1; Georgia Southern 1.

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