Notre Dame fell from No. 4 in last week's College Football Playoff Rankings to No. 6 in tonight's edition. This drop largely stems from the Fighting Irish's lackluster performance in a win over Boston College coupled with Oklahoma beat TCU and Iowa remaining undefeated. Michigan State also overtook the Irish after beating No. 1 Ohio State.
After the rankings were unveiled, Notre Dame defensive tackle Jarron Jones voiced his displeasure with the committee's decision on Twitter.
Another Irish player, reserve safety Nick Ossello, criticized the committee for putting Oklahoma and Michigan State ahead of the Irish despite those teams losing to Texas and Nebraska respectively.
Notre Dame's only loss, of course, is to undefeated, top-ranked Clemson.
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While Jones and Ossello have some legitimate reason to feel slighted, the Fighting Irish largely have to blame themselves. Back-to-back sub-par efforts in wins over Wake Forest and Boston College clearly didn't measure up to Oklahoma's consecutive victories over Baylor and TCU and Michigan State's statement W over the Buckeyes.
A win over No. 9 Stanford this weekend would leave a strong impression for the committee to consider, but Notre Dame still looks like it will need some help to find its way into the CFP Field.