The College Football Playoff committee dropped the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to No. 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings ahead of championship weekend in the 2017 season.
The committee released its fifth playoff rankings on Tuesday, Nov. 28. The positioning is critically important, as there is just one more rankings to be released on Sunday, Dec. 3. Like all the previous rankings, this one includes 25 teams, but only the Top 4 teams make the playoffs.
Just three weeks ago, Notre Dame was ranked at No. 3, but the Irish lost two of their last three regular season contests to No. XX Miami and No. 12 Stanford.
The Irish were much closer to beating the Cardinal on Saturday, but Stanford pulled away in the fourth quarter behind 3 Notre Dame giveaways. First, quarterback Brandon Wimbush threw an interception that setup Stanford deep in Irish territory just minutes after they had scored, and the Cardinal added 7 more points to pull ahead by 11.
Then, Notre Dame fumbled the ensuing kickoff, which led to yet another Stanford touchdown. Ahead by 18, the Cardinal had the game well in hand, and then on Notre Dame’s last great scoring chance, Wimbush threw an interception in the end zone.
Ahead of last week, Notre Dame’s chances of getting into the playoffs was already a long shot, but third loss eliminated the Irish.
College Football Playoff Rankings, Nov. 28
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