A humbling loss to Southern California on Saturday night dropped the Colorado football team in the Pac-12 standings.

On Sunday, it dropped them out of the national AP poll, but not quite out of the Amway Coaches' Poll.

Following the 31-20 loss at the Los Angeles Coliseum, the Buffs (5-1, 2-1 Pac-12) received 49 points (30th overall) in the Associated Press poll and 141 points (25th overall) in the Amway Coaches' poll.

Last week, the Buffs were No. 19 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the coaches poll.

On Saturday, the Buffs will visit No. 15 Washington (5-2, 3-1), which lost to Oregon, 30-27 in overtime.

"I think our guys are going to come out and they're going to play hard any chance they get," quarterback Steven Montez said after the loss to USC. "We have a bunch of good guys in that locker room. Everyone cares about each other. It's a different feel than it was last year. After this beating that we just took, I think we're going to come closer together."

Two years ago, the Buffs dropped from the rankings after a 21-17 loss at USC, and then went on a six-game winning streak.

Brian Howell: howellb@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/bhowell33



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