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Notre Dame Football Moves Up To #4 In USA Today Top 25 and AP Poll

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Let’s look at both sets of rankings after a wild weekend of football.

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The Notre Dame Fighting Irish escaped a close game against the unranked Pittsburgh Panthers with a 19-14 victory over the weekend. That, combined with losses by other teams in the top ten of both national rankings list, allowed the Irish to slightly improve their national ranking.

Here’s the complete week eight USA Today Coaches Poll:

Georgia’s road loss to LSU moved them down from #3 to #6 this week. Ohio State, Clemson, and Notre Dame all won their games and moved up a spot to complete the top four. LSU’s big win moved them up from #13 to #5. Important victories for Texas, Michigan, and Oklahoma allowed them all to move into the top ten. UCF held steady at #9.

Here’s the complete week eight AP Top 25:

Like in the USA Today rankings, Ohio State, Clemson, and Notre Dame all move up slightly after wins this week. LSU also made a significant jump in the AP Poll all the way to #5 from #13. Michigan and Texas move up to the #6 and #7 spots while Georgia fell all the way to #8 after their loss. Oklahoma joins the top ten at #9 and UCF holds at #10.

The Irish next head to San Diego for the Navy game on October 27th. Notre Dame have no ranked opponents left on their schedule. Of their previously ranked opponents from this season, only Michigan remains ranked.