The ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll was just released, and the Washington Huskies are ranked #13 in the first poll of the season.
Kansas was given the top spot with Michigan State, Texas, North Carolina, and Kentucky rounding out the rest of the top five. Kansas received 27 first place votes, MIchigan State received three, and North Carolina got one.
California, the team most believe will challenge to take the Pac-10 title away from Washington, was ranked one spot higher than the Huskies at #12. There was only a difference of six points between the two, showing just how close coaches see the two teams. Washington and California are the only two Pac-10 teams that made the first poll, with UCLA being the closest to break in by receiving the 29th most votes. USC was the only other Pac-10 team to receive votes by finishing a surprising 36th.
Georgetown is the only team in Washington’s non-conference schedule to be ranked in the top-25, coming in at #21.
Other Notables: Purdue (7th), Butler (10th), Mississippi State (19th), Gonzaga (34th) Texas A&M (47th)