The Week 6 college football rankings are due out early on Sunday (Oct. 1). There will be a few shifts in the major college football polls, as No. 5 USC lost to No. 16 Washington State, No. 12 Virginia Tech lost to No. 2 Clemson, and No. 24 Mississippi State lost to No. 13 Auburn. No. 25 LSU is also going to drop from the top 25 after losing at home to Troy on Saturday (Sept. 30).

When it comes to rewards and punishments from the voters, WSU should receive a lot of support in the Week 6 rankings and USC is likely to fall out of the top 10 now. The 30-27 victory by the Washington State Cougars moved the school to 5-0 on the season and into a tie with the Washington Huskies atop the Pac-12 North.

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Should WSU or UW get ranked higher in Week 6 polls?

The Washington Huskies were ranked No. 6 in the Week 5 AP Top 25 and Coaches Poll, just behind the No. 5 USC Trojans. With USC coming up short against WSU, many Huskies fans feel that the school has earned a spot in the top five. This is where WSU enters the debate, as their victory over USC may be more valuable to voters than anything UW has done this season. Could the Cougars move ahead of the Huskies in the rankings?

With WSU and UW both at 5-0 on the season, it projects the 2017 Apple Cup to be a really great game this November. There are still a lot of games for both schools to play before that point, but it would be a remarkable game for the Pac-12 Conference if the rivalry game finally meant something on a national stage (again).

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Week 6 schedule a bit better

The WSU vs. USC game was certainly the highlight of the Week 5 college football schedule, with very few other games that should have a huge impact on the Week 6 rankings. The Week 6 schedule looks a bit better, with Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Michigan State vs. Michigan, Stanford vs. Utah, West Virginia vs. TCU, and Washington State vs. Oregon. The Thursday night game (Oct. 5) is also a pretty good one, with ESPN showing Louisville vs. NC State.

In regard to the Week 6 college football rankings, if WSU gets rewarded for its win over USC, this could be the first time the school has been ranked in the top 10 since Mike Leach became the coach. It would also be the first time in a number of years that WSU and UW have received such positive national attention this late in a college football season.