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Saturday's stakes higher than ever
Notre Dame could steal back a playoff spot with a win over Stanford. The Cardinal could get a big résumé boost with a victory, especially if they go on to win the Pac-12 title. GameDay Kickoff: Rivalry Week
The Cardinal quarterback will face the Irish for the last time Saturday after converting his entire family to Stanford fandom.
The age of overhyping and under-delivering may finally be a thing of the past for the Fighting Irish football program.
With an upset or two, the CFP could be turned upside down. A numbers-based look at the likelihood of some of the juicier scenarios that could make the committee's job much, much harder.
Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer
A sampling of Notre Dame player reactions to dropping from 4 to 6 in the Playoff rankings: Will Fuller: "Sheesh." Joe Schmidt: (Blank stare) "This was my reaction." (Doesn't care) Sheldon Day: "Oh we are? I didn't watch it." (Gave a nice fib about a DL meeting last night.)
With top-10 worthy classes, Saturday's Notre Dame-Stanford matchup will be big on the recruiting trail.
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.
Thanksgiving week: time for turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie. And college football, too! For many teams, it'll be their last game of the year.
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Matt Fortuna ESPN Staff Writer
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.)
A North Carolina team that beats Clemson and wins out to take the ACC would have a strong case for the College Football Playoff.
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.
A win by Oklahoma State over No. 3 Oklahoma on Saturday could potentially help the playoff hopes of Notre Dame, which fell to No. 6 in the rankings.
CFP rankings: 1-6
- 1. Clemson
- 2. Alabama
- 3. Oklahoma
- 4. Iowa
- 5. Michigan State
- 6. Notre Dame
Who gets the last two spots?
Oklahoma and Iowa grabbed playoff spots this week, but Michigan State and Notre Dame are right on their heels. The Sooners have the strongest resume of the four teams. But are the Hawkeyes' two wins against FPI top 40 schools enough to hold off the Spartans?
CFP rankings: Who's in?
There's a shakeup at the top of the latest playoff rankings, as Iowa and Oklahoma join the playoff picture alongside Clemson and Alabama. But with another weekend of football ahead, will either No. 5 Michigan State or No. 6 Notre Dame muscle its way in?
Notre Dame @ Stanford Cardinal
Stanford Stadium - Sat 11/28