Ever since Northwestern football was included in the College Football Playoff rankings in Week 11, the Wildcats have improved their ranking week-by-week.
Based off what happened around college football in Week 13, Northwestern should expect to move up in the rankings once again on Tuesday night.
Northwestern (9-3 overall, 7-2 in the Big Ten), which currently ranks No. 22 in the CFP rankings, took care of business on Saturday against Illinois. The Wildcats dominated the Fighting Illini, 42-7, at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill.
Despite the convincing victory, the win won’t do much for Northwestern in the rankings, as Illinois finishes its season with a record of 2-10 (0-9 in the Big Ten).
While top-ranked teams like Alabama and Miami both suffered their first loss of the season in Week 13, Northwestern won’t benefit off these losses. However, losses by Washington State and Mississippi State, both of which were ranked ahead of Northwestern last week, may push them behind the Wildcats in the Week 14 rankings.
While Northwestern will likely not make it into the teens in the rankings, there is a strong chance it is ranked No. 20.
Even though they likely won’t pass any other Big Ten teams in the rankings, the Wildcats are in a good position to play in a solid bowl game, where they will go for 10th win of the season.
Northwestern first cracked the top 25 in the CFP rankings in Week 11, when it was ranked No. 25. The Wildcats improved to No. 23 and No. 22 in Week 12 and 13, respectively.
The penultimate College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday night on ESPN.
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