College Football Rankings 2023: Projected playoff Top 25 for Week 11

Nov 4, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington Huskies defensive end Voi Tunuufi (52) reacts with Washington Huskies linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio (5) after recovering the ball from the USC Trojans during the second quarter at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington Huskies defensive end Voi Tunuufi (52) reacts with Washington Huskies linebacker Edefuan Ulofoshio (5) after recovering the ball from the USC Trojans during the second quarter at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports /
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Nov 4, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington Huskies defensive end Zion Tupuola-Fetui (4) celebrates with Washington Huskies defensive end Lance Holtzclaw (41) after recovering a fumbled ball from the USC Trojans during the second quarter at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 4, 2023; Los Angeles, California, USA; Washington Huskies defensive end Zion Tupuola-Fetui (4) celebrates with Washington Huskies defensive end Lance Holtzclaw (41) after recovering a fumbled ball from the USC Trojans during the second quarter at United Airlines Field at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports /

If you were lucky enough to watch the track meet, er, football game between Washington and USC on Saturday night, you would have seen one of the most exciting games of the season. No, defense wasn’t being played, but the Huskies got some key breaks and took advantage of some USC mistakes to take a crucial lead into the half.

Everyone knew that the last team to have the ball was going to win this game, as evidenced by the 63 points scored in the first half, and the Huskies were able to do just that.

Michael Penix Jr. had his Heisman moment in the first half with a beautiful scramble and touchdown pass to tie the game up and he led the Huskies to a big road win over the Trojans.

While USC has been struggling, this is not an easy team to beat, especially on the road. This was a huge resume builder.

Washington is knocking on the door to be in that top four. And I think the committee will answer.