Notre Dame's New Year's Six Hopes Take A Hit

Bryan Driskell

Notre Dame's path to a possible New Year's Six bowl berth grew dimmer as the Irish remained at No. 16 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

Despite three straight victories by at least 31 points, which included a 52-20 victory over then No. 23 Navy two weeks ago, the Irish have not impressed the committee enough to gain any momentum in the rankings.

That means Notre Dame must climb at least six teams in order to get into the Orange or Cotton Bowl, and based on remaining schedules there would need to be a couple of major upsets this weekend for that to happen.

Notre Dame has played four teams in the latest CFP rankings. The Irish lost to No. 4 Georgia (23-17) and No. 13 Michigan (45-14), but defeated No. 22 USC (30-27) and No. 24 Virginia Tech (21-20).

On Saturday there are three contests between opponents ranked ahead of Notre Dame. No. 1 Ohio State (11-0) travels to No. 13 Michigan (9-2), No. 5 Alabama (10-1) travels to No. 15 Auburn (8-3) and No. 8 Minnesota (10-1) hosts No. 12 Wisconsin (9-2).

No. 2 LSU (11-0) hosts Texas A&M (7-4). The following week the Tigers will play Georgia (10-1) in the SEC title game. The Bulldogs travel to Georgia Tech (3-8) this weekend.

No. 3 Clemson (11-0) travels to South Carolina (4-7). No. 6 Utah (10-1) hosts Colorado (5-6), No. 7 Oklahoma takes on No. 21 Oklahoma State (8-3) in Stillwater in the annual Bedlam game. No. 9 Baylor (10-1) travels to Kansas (3-8). No. 10 Penn State (9-2) hosts Rutgers (2-9). No. 11 Florida (9-2) hosts Florida State. No. 14 Oregon (9-2), fresh off a loss to Arizona State, takes on Oregon State (5-6).

Notre Dame travels to Stanford (4-7) this weekend. If things stay the way they currently are the Irish would play in the Camping World Bowl on Dec. 28 against a Big 12 opponent. Last season, Syracuse defeated West Virginia by a 34-18 score in the game.

Comments (23)
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Knights7
Knights7

I hate to say it but N.D. has gone as far as they'll ever get under Brian Kelly. Maybe they'll get a lower bowl and lose then the A.D. will wake up and buy out his contract and go after Urban Meyer. If they don't you can count on the Irish getting thrashed by So. Cal after they hire Meyer.

Irish For Life
Irish For Life

ND has no right to complain. You are what your record says you are. While I would love ND to be in a NY6 game they haven't earned it. Despite everything GO IRISH!!!

MagicInTheName
MagicInTheName

So, we want Wisconsin to beat Minnesota. We want OSU to slaughter both Michigan and Wisconsin. Auburn to lose to Bama. Baylor to lose big to Oklahoma in the rematch. Utah over Oregon. That’s 6 possible spots right there (depending on how committee views a 2-loss Baylor and Minnesota against us. Baylor would have an extra win).

Not sure how that works with all the contracts and spots available, but purely from a getting to #10 ranking, those results listed above are plausible.

den2340
den2340

I believe if everything holds as is we would not be Camping World Bound but but we would head to Citrus bowl again. Penn State being ranked ahead of Florida is big for this since the Big Ten takes the Orange Bowl bid that goes to the highest ranked teams out of SEC/Big 10/ND. If that happens then the Big 10 Citrus bowl slot would go to the ACC similar to what happened in 2017. For this to happen you would need 2 SEC teams in the playoffs though, which looks like a possibility after last night once again. I think most fans would prefer playing Auburn or Florida in Citrus than Iowa State (and maybe even the G5 team we would get in Cotton)

jmjonesy80
jmjonesy80

With the way the O-line is playing, and the one dimensional offense, I’m not sure wanting a NY6 is wise. I’m confident our defense could hang with anyone, but I’m not sure the offense could score necessary points against a good defense.

GingerBeard
GingerBeard

How high does the ACC tie in for the orange need to be. I feel like this year it means you have an 8-4 team who lost their conf championship as second best in the ACC and that just seems wrong for a NY6.

What’s the Cotton need?

Are the conference tie ins the problem?

Might be cool to let the playoff be the playoff, then the other four games be the next 8 best matchups


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