For the first time since the 2015 season, Northwestern is in the College Football Playoff rankings.
Week 11 College Football Playoff Rankings:— ESPN CollegeFootball (@ESPNCFB) November 8, 2017
21. Iowa State
23. NC State
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After getting just six votes in the latest AP Poll, Northwestern’s entrance into the CFP rankings comes as a significant surprise. An overtime win over Nebraska was enough to propel the Wildcats into the Top 25 over Big Ten rival Michigan (7-2) and South Florida (8-1), among others.
With Iowa dominating Ohio State and Michigan State taking down Penn State, those two wins look pretty impressive, which is something the 13-person Playoff committee is known to heavily factor into consideration.
Northwestern now has wins over the No. 12 Spartans and No. 20 Hawkeyes, and losses to No. 8 Wisconsin and the No. 14 Nittany Lions. With Purdue, Minnesota and Illinois remaining on a favorable Big Ten schedule, Pat Fitzgerald’s team could continue to rise, especially if teams in front of it falter.
This news begs two questions: First, have Northwestern’s basketball and football teams ever been ranked at the same time before? And second, WHAT’S THE CATS’ PATH TO MOVING UP 21 SPOTS IN THE NEXT THREE WEEKS?