SB Nation college football editor Jason Kirk has Northwestern as the No. 4 seed in the College Football Playoff if the season ended today.
"Ole Miss is a really obvious No. 1 right now, Notre Dame has beaten a power-conference team and two teams that are in power conferences, Michigan State did even better against Oregon's defense than Georgia State did, and Northwestern has beaten two power division contenders.
"Oh, you're just confused by the last one. Also on NU's resume is a transitive win at USC; I don't think the Trojans are title contenders, but who's beaten a team that has a better win than Stanford's?"