When the first official College Football Playoff rankings were unveiledTuesday night, perhaps no fan base was as miffed about their position as Notre Dame's. The Irish, who have posted a 6-1 record and only suffered a narrow loss to No. 2 Florida State on the road, came in 10th. Wednesday morning, Jeff Long, Arkansas AD and chairman of the selection committee, gave a bit of an explanation to Dan Patrick as to why Notre Dame didn't come in higher. In explaining that a team could have a "good loss", he implied that ND's "body of work" hasn't been spectacular.
Notre Dame has wins over Rice, Michigan, Purdue, Syracuse, Stanford and North Carolina. It's fair to say that the Irish have played a weaker schedule than most, but not much of that is their fault. Michigan, for one, is usually a much better team than it's been in 2014.
Regardless, it's likely that if Notre Dame wins out, it will be placed in the top four. The Irish still have games against Arizona State, Louisville and USC. An 11-1 record with three or four top-25 wins and a close loss to FSU probably gets it done.