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2018 Schedule
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Every top 25 team's best reason for optimism next season

Even with the College Football Playoff selection committee's top 25 still battling for semifinal and New Year's Six bowl positions, it's never too early to look ahead to next season.

Syracuse the best shot to give Notre Dame an L? (0:46)
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Campus Conversation: Stagnant Rankings, Petrino, Talk Nerdy

Peter Burns, Ryan McGee & Chris Low discuss a great finish at Bedlam (1:58), the top-10 taking care of business (7:00), Bobby Petrino getting the axe (24:40) & more. Plus, "Talk Nerdy To Me" (33:06), Walk-Ons (39:36) and Extra Points (46:47).

Seth Walder ESPN Analytics 

Assume Clemson, Michigan, Oklahoma and Georgia all win out, Alabama finishes 12-1 and Notre Dame finishes 11-1. In that scenario, Playoff Predictor makes Clemson and Georgia virtual locks and considers Michigan very likely to get in. The decision for the last spot would be almost a toss-up between Oklahoma and Alabama, but our model thinks the committee is more likely to select the Sooners, by a hair. Notre Dame would be the least likely of the six to get in.

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Notre Dame plans to start QB Book vs. Syracuse

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that quarterback Ian Book will practice Tuesday and, if there are no setbacks, reclaim his starting spot over Brandon Wimbush.

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Northwestern ranked in AP Top 25 poll after win

The day after earning a spot in the Big Ten championship game, Northwestern is ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the first time this season.

Williams has big day for Notre Dame (0:19)
Williams happy to see Wimbush play on Senior Night (0:43)
Kelly not concerned about quarterback dilemma (0:16)
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College Football Playoff picks after Week 11

This week's top four is unanimous, from No. 1 Alabama to No. 4 Michigan. But if history has taught us anything, chaos is right around the corner.

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Backup QB Wimbush, defense help No. 3 Irish dominate FSU

Brandon Wimbush threw three-first half touchdown passes, Dexter Williams ran for a career-high 202 yards and No. 3 Notre Dame took advantage of Florida State turnovers to rout Florida State 42-13 on a frosty Saturday night.

Notre Dame legends bond with 'The Riding Irish' (3:14)
Kelly: Wimbush is 'championship quality' starter with Book out (0:53)
How loss of Book affects Notre Dame's chances vs. Florida St. (0:44)
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Notre Dame QB Book out vs. FSU, source says

Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book is not going to play against Florida State on Saturday because of a rib injury, a source told ESPN.

Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer 

SOURCE: Notre Dame QB Ian Book is out this week against Florida State. The Athletic first reported the news, noting that Book sustained a rib injury this past week against Northwestern. A source tells me Book is expected back next week against Syracuse at Yankee Stadium. Senior Brandon Wimbush, who began the season as the starter before Book replaced him at Wake Forest, is expected to start Saturday.

Emerging Ian Book keeps Irish ranked ahead of Wolverines (2:11)

Team Stats

Passing Yards254.3
Rushing Yards199.4
Points For34.340th
Points Against18.7