Notre Dame is just four wins away from its first-ever appearance in the College Football Playoff and after beating teams like Michigan, Stanford and Virginia Tech it should be smooth sailing for the Fighting Irish. Three games against unranked teams and a home game against No. 22 Syracuse.
Surprisingly, Notre Dame's matchup with Northwestern this Saturday is likely to be their biggest obstacle to making the playoff.
The Irish should easily beat Florida State and USC, two traditional powerhouses having down years. Syracuse is ranked, but that game is in South Bend, and even though the Orange played Clemson tough, they also lost to Pitt and almost lost to UNC. That means that Northwestern sits as the lone real roadblock between Notre Dame and a 12-0 season.
Another big part of this isn't anything extremely scientific. Northwestern just plays absurdly weird football games and have beaten Notre Dame each of the last two times they've played. The Wildcats would go on the Rose Bowl in 1995, but the 2014 Northwestern team didn't even make a bowl game.
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