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Colorado Buffaloes ranked 23rd in AP Poll

The Buffs beat Arizona State but lost to Arizona

Colorado v Kansas Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images

It could have been better, it could have been worse. For now, splitting the Arizona road trip was enough for the Buffs to stay in the Top 25. They come in at #23 in the latest poll.

This past week was quite tumultuous for the Top 25. There were 16 losses by ranked teams: #3 Duke (twice), #4 Auburn (two blowouts), #5 Butler (twice), #8 Oregon, #10 Kentucky, #12 West Virginia, #16 Wichita State (twice), #17 Maryland, #19 Michigan, #20 Colorado, #21 Ohio State and #25 Creighton.

That’s a lot of teams dropping. Colorado was never going to beat Arizona — the Wildcats trounced them in every facet of the game — but it’s tempting to wonder how far CU could have jumped with a win. Regardless, it’s a good thing so many teams lost because no one should get punished for losing at Arizona.

This coming week is a good opportunity for CU to make a small leap, if others keep losing. They play Washington State and Washington at home, and although Oregon just lost to Wazzu and went to overtime against UW, those should be wins.

Of note, Arizona moved into the Top 25 to claim the #22 spot, while Oregon dropped to #12. Other Colorado opponents Kansas and Dayton are ranked #3 and #7, respectively, and Northern Iowa is unofficially 29th in the poll.

The full Top 25 goes as follows:

  1. Baylor Bears
  2. Gonzaga Bulldogs
  3. Kanas Jayhawks
  4. San Diego State Aztecs
  5. Florida State
  6. Louisville Cardinals
  7. Dayton Flyers
  8. Duke Blue Devils
  9. Villanova Wildcats
  10. Seton Hall Pirates
  11. Michigan State Spartans
  12. Oregon Ducks
  13. Butler Bulldogs
  14. West Virginia Mountaineers
  15. Kentucky Wildcats
  16. Auburn Tigers
  17. Maryland Terrapins
  18. Texas Tech Red Raiders
  19. Iowa Hawkeyes
  20. Memphis Tigers
  21. Illinois Fighting Illini
  22. Arizona Wildcats
  23. Colorado Buffaloes
  24. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
  25. Houston Cougars