Rutgers, which had won five in a row to start the season, was ranked No 1 on ESPN’s sports site Thursday for the first time since January 1.
Rutgers was the No. 4 team in the ESPN.com preseason top 50, behind only Oklahoma, LSU and Kentucky.
The Huskies also improved to 13-0 on the season.
Rice led the way in the rankings with a 6-0 mark and No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25.
That included a perfect week on the road against No. 6 Kansas, No. 3 Kansas State and No 7 Texas Tech.