The Notre Dame-Miami showdown of Week 11 could be a battle of epic proportions. In many ways, it could be viewed as a College Football Playoffs quarterfinal matchup.
But according to the ESPN Football Power Index, the game is a lot more important for Notre Dame than Miami.
The World Wide Leaders in Sports showed a graphic during the College Football Playoff rankings show Tuesday night that portrayed an interesting story. According to the ESPN formula, if Notre Dame wins this weekend, they will have a 57 percent chance of finishing inside the Top 4 in Strength of Record, which is a measurement of how well a team does against its schedule.
But if the Irish lose, they will have a one percent chance of finishing inside the Top 4 in Strength of Record.
Conversely, Miami will have a 73 percent chance of ending up in the Top 4, and the Hurricanes’ chances drop to 20 percent if they lose.
Seeing as though Notre Dame has one loss and Miami is undefeated, that makes complete sense. The Hurricanes don’t have as strong of a resume as the Irish, but if Miami loses this Saturday, they can still beat No. 4 Clemson and win the ACC.
If Notre Dame loses, they still have quality wins against No. 11 USC, No. 12 Michigan State and No. 24 N.C. State, but the two losses without the ability to beat another quality opponent or win a conference would all but eliminate the Irish from the playoff conversation.
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