Washington’s path back to the semifinals still remains difficult, but things are looking a little clearer after seeing where the Huskies sit in the second edition of the College Football Playoff rankings.
The Huskies are ninth in the latest standings, up three spots from last week after drubbing Oregon 38-3. They moved ahead of Ohio State, Oklahoma State and Penn State, all of whom suffered their second losses last week.
Washington (8-1, 5-1) is one of three Pac-12 schools in the rankings along with No. 11 USC and No. 19 Washington State.
Three teams that sat lower than Washington in the second set of rankings in previous years have made the playoffs. Oklahoma was 12 th and Michigan State 13 th at this point in 2015 and Ohio State was No. 14 in the second round of rankings in 2014.
Washington can significantly aid its cause on Friday night when it visits Stanford (6-3, 4-3), both because of the quality of the opponent and the fact the game is being nationally televised before all other other playoff hopefuls play on Saturday.
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