Notre Dame falls to No. 15 in College Football Playoff rankings

Mike Vorel
South Bend Tribune

Notre Dame (9-3) fell from No. 8 to No. 15 in this week's College Football Playoff rankings, which were released on Tuesday night.

Six of Notre Dame's 2017 opponents were also included: Georgia (6), Miami (7), USC (10), Stanford (12), Michigan State (16) and N.C. State (24). The Irish finished with a 3-3 record against those teams.

Notre Dame, which closed its regular season by losing two of its last three games, is likely headed to Orlando, Fla., in postseason play. The Irish could conceivably play in either the Citrus Bowl on Jan. 1 against an SEC opponent or the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 against a Big 12 foe. Both games will be played inside Camping World Stadium.

The four teams atop this week's College Football Playoff rankings were No. 1 Clemson (11-1), No. 2 Auburn (10-2), No. 3 Oklahoma (11-1) and No. 4 Wisconsin (12-0), with No. 5 Alabama (11-1) and No. 6 Georgia (11-1) barely missing the cut.

Notre Dame was also ranked No. 15 in this week's Associated Press rankings.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly walks out to the field with his team before the Notre Dame-Stanford football game, Saturday at Stanford Stadium in Palo Alto, Calif. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)