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Notre Dame Football: Irish slip to #16 in college football playoff rankings

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 09 Notre Dame at Duke Photo by Michael Berg/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

As was expected, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish slipped a spot in the college football playoff rankings from #15 last week to #16 this week.

The slip was due to the Minnesota Golden Gophers getting a big home win over the Penn State Nittany Lions to stay undefeated on the year.

The Alabama Crimson Tide merely moved to #5 after losing to the LSU Tigers, so this all but guarantees the Tide a spot in the playoffs without having to play in their conference championship game if they win out.

Kind of ridiculous given the noise about Notre Dame not playing in a conference championship game — but it is what it is.