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ESPN Addresses Notre Dame's Playoff Chances After Loss To Georgia

A closeup of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly talking to his players.

SAN DIEGO, CA - OCTOBER 27: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish directs a player in the 2nd half against the Navy Midshipmen at SDCCU Stadium on October 27, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent Horner/Getty Images)

ESPN has addressed Notre Dame's College Football Playoff chances following the Fighting Irish's loss to Georgia on Saturday night.

The loss was just Notre Dame's first of the season, but it's a crushing one as far as the College Football Playoff is concerned.

ESPN says Notre Dame's College Football Playoff odds went down by nearly 15 percent.


As impactful as Georgia's 23-17 victory was for its playoff hopes, the result was far more devastating to the Irish, who don't have a conference championship game to help compensate for a loss along the way. It was hardly a bad loss -- a close game on the road in prime time against the No. 3 team in the country -- and it might not keep Notre Dame out of the top four, but it's going to make it a lot harder for the Irish to get in.

According to the Allstate Playoff Predictor, Notre Dame's chances of finishing within the top four dropped from 39% to 25% on Saturday night. Bottom line: Notre Dame can't lose again.

If Notre Dame can win out, perhaps it will find itself inside the top four when the final College Football Playoff rankings are released.

The Fighting Irish will need some help along the way, though.

Notre Dame will likely need a couple of the SEC's contenders to lose a game or two. The Big Ten and Big 12 champion will probably need to lose, too.