Notre Dame remained in the Top 4 of the College Football Playoff rankings
Doubt creeped into the minds of many Irish fans as the 3rd edition of the College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled on Tuesday night. A victory by Oklahoma, a loss by Temple and a lackluster performance by Wake Forest made many fans believe that Notre Dame would drop out of the “Final Four.”
Those feelings were unfounded as the Irish stayed at #4. If the season ended today, the Irish would get a rematch with the Clemson Tigers.
Clemson remained the #1 team with Alabama at #2. The Ohio State Buckeyes stayed at #3. In 5th place, the Iowa Hawkeyes held their spot with the Oklahoma State Cowboys directly behind them.
The committee unveiled the rankings between the Duke-Kentucky and Michigan State-Kansas basketball games in the United Center.
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Wisconsin, USC, Oregon, Ole Miss and Memphis ranked 25-21 respectively. Northwestern, Houston, TCU, North Carolina and Navy placed at 20-16. Teams 10-15 were Stanford, Michigan, Utah, Florida State and LSU. Baylor, Michigan State, Florida, Oklahoma were ranked 10 to 7.
The Naval Academy, USC and Clemson were the Irish opponents ranked in Top 25 poll. The Irish defeated the Midshipmen on 41-24 on October 10th. Notre Dame also defeated USC, 41-31 on October 17th.
The College Football Playoff kicks off on December 31st at the Capital One Orange Bowl and Goodyear Cotton Bowl. The National Championship game takes place on Monday, January 11, 2016.
Notre Dame faces the 3-6 Boston College Eagles on Saturday in 7th annual Shamrock Series game. NBCSports Network will broadcast the game live from Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts at 7:30 p.m.