Irish drop out of rankings

September, 6, 2011
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- To the surprise of no one, Notre Dame is no longer a ranked team.

A 23-20 loss to South Florida this past Saturday dropped the then-No. 16 Fighting Irish out of the Week 2 Associated Press poll, as they received just 22 votes, which is technically good for 36th in the nation. Michigan comes in right behind the Irish with 17 votes.

Notre Dame is one of four preseason ranked teams to fall out of the AP poll, joining Georgia, Auburn and future Irish opponent USC. Unlike the Irish, the latter two schools won their Week 1 games.

USF debuted at No. 22 following its win at Notre Dame Stadium.

The Irish's regular season-ending opponent, Stanford, moved from No. 7 to No. 6 in the rankings. Michigan State, which plays at Notre Dame Stadium on Sept. 17, remained at No. 17.

Notre Dame also dropped out of the coaches poll, which it began the season in as the 18th-ranked team. The Irish received eight votes this week, 42nd-most in the nation.

Matt Fortuna | email

College Football



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