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No. 9 Notre Dame is the highest riser in this week’s AP Top 25 college football poll. The Fighting Irish have been fantastic all season, and they padded their resume in Week 8, pummeling archrival USC by 35.

Here’s the complete Top 25:



























RANK SCHOOL POINTS RECORD PREVIOUS
1 Alabama (61) 1525 8-0 1
2 Penn State 1444 7-0 2
3 Georgia 1409 7-0 3
4 TCU 1327 7-0 4
5 Wisconsin 1241 7-0 5
6 Ohio State 1165 6-1 6
7 Clemson 1113 6-1 7
8 Miami (FL) 1101 6-0 8
9 Notre Dame 1066 6-1 13
10 Oklahoma 1040 6-1 9
11 Oklahoma State 894 6-1 10
12 Washington 836 6-1 12
13 Virginia Tech 791 6-1 14
14 NC State 666 6-1 T-16
15 Washington State 648 7-1 15
16 Michigan State 615 6-1 18
17 South Florida 604 7-0 T-16
18 UCF 500 6-0 20
19 Auburn 397 6-2 21
20 Stanford 344 5-2 22
21 USC 319 6-2 11
22 West Virginia 196 5-2 23
23 LSU 182 6-2 24
24 Memphis 111 6-1 25
25 Iowa State 98 5-2 NR

Notre Dame is unstoppable on the ground. The Irish racked up 377 more rushing yards on Saturday, 191 of which came from star tailback Josh Adams. Notre Dame doesn’t do that every week – but eviscerating opponents at the line of scrimmage is the new normal for these guys. Its one loss came against Georgia, by one point. The Bulldogs look like a Playoff team.

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ND still has three ranked opponents on its schedule, including two tough road games at No. 8 Miami and No. 20 Stanford. While that looks daunting, if you’re Notre Dame, you have to embrace it. Will the Irish win all three of those games? Certainly possible, but probably not. But if they do, the Irish could quite possible be Playoff-bound.

Make no mistake, this team is for real. Any kind win over a talented USC squad would have been nice. But to overwhelm the Trojans in every facet allows Fighting Irish fans to aim higher. USC fell to 21st in the rankings, as the Pac-12 continues its inconsistent ways. Before this game, the Trojans had real Playoff hopes if they ran the table. Those are all but squashed now. No. 12 Washington is the highest-ranked Pac-12 squad.