Notre Dame jumps to No. 4 in College Football Playoff rankings

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Members of the Notre Dame football team sing their Alma Mater after defeating Pittsburgh in an NCAA football game, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 in Pittsburgh. Notre Dame won 42-30. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Notre Dame fans across the country received some good news Tuesday night when the second College Football Playoff rankings were released. Notre Dame jumped up to No. 4, pushing them into the playoff group.

The move comes after Notre Dame held on to beat Pitt on the road. LSU, who had been ranked No. 2, fell to Alabama, dropping them out of the playoffs and to No. 9 overall, allowing the Fighting Irish to move up one spot and join the playoff group.

Notre Dame joins Alabama as a one-loss team to be in the playoff group, ahead of undefeated Iowa, Baylor and Oklahoma State. Rounding out the top four is Ohio State and Clemson, the only team to beat Notre Dame this year.

There are still three weeks of the regular season remaining, plus another week for conference championship games.

Northwestern also saw a jump in their ranking this week. The Wildcats moved up three spots to No. 18 after beating Penn State at home. Northwestern is now 7-2 and sill has longshot chances to reach the Big Ten Championship Game.

Both Ohio State and Wisconsin held the same spot as last week in the rankings. Michigan and Iowa both jumped up in the rankings to No. 14 and 5, respectively. Michigan State, who lost to Nebraska, fell to No. 13.

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