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Northwestern ranked No. 25 in latest College Football Playoff Rankings

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Northwestern has a ranked football team and a ranked basketball team. What a world.

NCAA Football: Northwestern at Nebraska Bruce Thorson-USA TODAY Sports

For the first time since the 2015 season, Northwestern is in the College Football Playoff rankings.

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?