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Here's where the CFP stands

Clemson and Alabama are 1 and 2, again. Meanwhile, Oklahoma and Iowa have moved up to 3 and 4, respectively, as Michigan State and Notre Dame are the first two teams out.

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For what it's worth to Notre Dame: Last year's No. 6 at this time was eventual national champion Ohio State. (In other words, Irish, just win at Stanford 59-0 on Saturday and leave no doubt.)

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Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

Why are No. 16 Northwestern and No. 9 Stanford so far apart in CFP rankings? Northwestern beat Stanford 16-6 in the season opener. Both teams are 9-2. Record of Northwestern's opponents: 52-47. Record of Stanford's opponents: 47-55. Northwestern has losses to No. 4 Iowa and No. 10 Michigan. Stanford has losses to No. 16 Northwestern and No. 17 Oregon.

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Nick Friedell ESPN Staff Writer 

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Can Notre Dame crack the top four?

Notre Dame's only loss came against No. 1 Clemson. But with No. 9 Stanford still left on the horizon, the Irish could easily finish the season 10-2. A statement win over the Cardinal paired with a loss from one of the top teams, however, could change the conversation entirely.

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