Brian Kelly makes case for Notre Dame to receive more College Football Playoff consideration
Notre Dame moved to 9-1 after comfortably defeating Virginia on Saturday night.
The Fighting Irish sit at No. 9 the latest College Football Playoff rankings but are poised to move up at least one spot after No. 8 Oklahoma fell to Baylor this weekend.
But should they move up even more?
Notre Dame’s résumé is solid. It has ranked wins over Purdue and Wisconsin and quality victories vs. North Carolina and Virginia Tech. The Fighting Irish are getting better, too — their win over the Cavaliers was their fourth straight double-digit victory.
“We’re better than we were in September and October,” coach Brian Kelly said after the game when asked about Notre Dame’s College Football Playoff potential. “This football team is getting better each and every week. We’ve played young players that are now much more mature.
“We’re ascending as a football team. Anytime you’re trying to put a résumé together, it’s about how you play later in the year. The eye test is, this team is playing better defensively, offensively and we’re sitting here at 9-1.”
Notre Dame’s lone loss came against No. 5 Cincinnati back on Oct. 2. The Bearcats haven’t stumbled since, but it’s unlikely they would make the playoff over a team with as many Power 5 victories as Notre Dame has.
According to ESPN’s FPI, Notre Dame has the No. 33 strength of schedule through 10 weeks. Cincy is all the way down at No. 101.
The next batch of College Football Playoff rankings will be revealed on Tuesday night.
Notre Dame hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday.