When the first set of College Football Playoff rankings arrived for the 2017 season, Northwestern was nowhere to be found.
In the second installation of the rankings, revealed Tuesday night, the Wildcats made its first appearance in the top-25, sneaking in at No. 25. With the team’s ranking, it marks the first time since 2015 that the program has been ranked by the College Football Playoff committee.
In this week’s rankings, the Wildcats are the sixth Big Ten team representing the conference, trailing No. 8 Wisconsin, No. 12 Michigan State, No. 13 Ohio State, No. 14 Penn State and No. 20 Iowa.
Northwestern is coming off a 31-24 overtime win on Nov. 4 at Nebraska. The Wildcats started 2017 with a 2-3 overall record but have since won its last four games.
In those four, the team has won two overtime contests — against Iowa and Nebraska respectively — while defeating Maryland by 16 and Michigan State by eight.
Up next for the Wildcats is a 7 p.m. ET start on Nov. 11 at Ryan Field in Evanston. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
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