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2015 College Football Playoff Poll: Notre Dame Ranked No. 4

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Come discuss Notre Dame's ranking in the third playoff poll of the year.

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Here is the third College Football Playoff poll for the 2015 season.

PLAYOFF TEAMS

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK
1 CLEMSON 10-0 1
2 ALABAMA 9-1 2
3 OHIO STATE 10-0 3
4 NOTRE DAME 9-1 4

Playoff Semi-Finals:

Orange Bowl: Clemson vs. Notre Dame

Cotton Bowl: Alabama vs. Ohio State

The top 4 stays the same as last week.

RANK TEAM RECORD LAST WEEK
5 IOWA 10-0 5
6 OKLAHOMA STATE 10-0 8
7 OKLAHOMA 9-1 12
8 FLORIDA 9-1 11
9 MICHIGAN STATE 9-1 13
10 BAYLOR 8-1 6
11 STANFORD 8-2 7
12 MICHIGAN 8-2 14
13 UTAH 8-2 10
14 FLORIDA STATE 8-2 16
15 LSU 7-2 9
16 NAVY 8-1 20
17 NORTH CAROLINA 9-1 23
18 TCU 9-1 15
19 HOUSTON 10-0 24
20 NORTHWESTERN 8-2 18
21 MEMPHIS 8-2 21
22 OLE MISS 7-3 NR
23 OREGON 7-3 NR
24 USC 7-3 NR
25 WISCONSIN 8-2 25

Projected New Year's Six Bowls:

Rose Bowl: Iowa vs. Stanford

Sugar Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Florida

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Michigan State

Peach Bowl: Baylor vs. Navy

Well, the Irish stay at No. 4 for another week. For the most part things are staying pretty consistent with what the committee has been doing so far this year.

The Top 5 has all stayed the same since last week. With all the talk about the Big 12 the gap between Iowa and Notre Dame is probably a lot closer than most think right now. Although committee chairman once again said they spent a long time ranking teams 5 through 7 which would indicate the Irish are solid at No. 4 right now.

There were some discussions about Alabama supplanting Clemson as the No. 1 team in the rankings.

Neither Stanford or Baylor fell that far after suffering losses. That feels like a wash for Notre Dame, although TCU dropping to No. 18 is not great news for the Big 12. Especially if Boykin can't play the Frogs could lose 3 out of their last 4 games--with a slobberknocker to Kansas thrown in--and really hurt the other Big 12 team's ability to pick up a huge win on their resume.

Lots of talk about North Carolina who is creeping up the rankings and could potentially upset Clemson in the ACC Title Game. The Heels still need to win road games at Va Tech and NC State, though.