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Notre Dame ranks No. 10 in Playoff committee reveal; Cincinnati outside looking in

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 30 North Carolina at Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 30: Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Kyren Williams (23) points down field as he runs with the football during a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the North Carolina Tar Heels on October 30, 2021, at Notre Dame Stadium, in South Bend, IN. (Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Notre Dame’s slim chances at reaching the College Football Playoff for the third time in four years are now exceedingly tenuous after the selection committee has released its first rankings, and the Irish (7-1) appeared at No. 10 in Tuesday night’s initial top 15.

Ahead of Notre Dame are four unbeaten Power Five teams (Georgia at No. 1, Michigan State at No. 4, Oklahoma at No. 8 and Wake Forest at No. 9), unbeaten Cincinnati with its win against the Irish in early October at No. 6 and a quartet of one-loss teams with more impressive wins than anything Notre Dame can claim or will be able to claim.

Aside from the Bearcats, the only Irish opponent, past or present, in the top 25 is Wisconsin (5-3) at No. 21, further limiting Notre Dame’s chances at moving up the rankings via impressive wins. The only tenable path into the top four for the Irish will come via others losing and losing often.

No. 1: Georgia
No. 2: Alabama
No. 3: Michigan State
No. 4: Oregon
No. 5: Ohio State
No. 6: Cincinnati
No. 7: MIchigan
No. 8: Oklahoma
No. 9: Wake Forest
No. 10: Notre Dame

Notre Dame hosts Navy on Saturday at 3:30 ET on NBC. Note: That is 3:30 ET, an hour later than most afternoon home games.

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