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Northwestern is up to #23 in the latest College Football Playoff Rankings

After making their first appearance in the rankings since 2015 last week, the Wildcats are moving on up.

NCAA Football: Purdue at Northwestern David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

Saturday’s 23-13 win over Purdue, coupled with losses by Iowa and Iowa State, propelled Northwestern up a two spots in the third edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings.

The Hawkeyes, last week’s #20, hurt Northwestern’s resume by falling out of the rankings entirely after being shellacked by Wisconsin, but the Wildcats still has a top-20 win thanks to #17 Michigan State. Northwestern also has losses to #10 Penn State and #5 Wisconsin (along with unranked Duke). Newly-ranked Michigan and #9 Ohio State round out the Big Ten’s Top 25 representatives.

The 7-3 Wildcats, who appeared in the rankings last week for the first time in two years, are now winners of five straight, and look poised to maintain their place in the rankings for the rest of the season. The only question remaining: how high can they go?