Notre Dame’s win over USC last night combined with a handful of higher ranked teams falling this weekend has propelled the Irish back into the top 10 of the Amway Coaches Poll heading into their bye week. The Irish remained just outside the top 10 in the AP Poll at #11.
Following their 41-31 victory over USC last night the Irish moved up three spots in the Coaches Poll with Florida, Texas A&M, and Ole Miss all falling this weekend. Notre Dame is the second highest ranked 1-loss team in the Coaches Poll behind only Alabama.
Notre Dame’s final opponent of the seas0n, Stanford, comes in at #11 in the Coaches Poll but in the AP Poll they are flipped with Notre Dame – the Cardinal is #10 with the Irish #11 in the AP Poll.
Other than Stanford, the only other Notre Dame opponents currently ranked are #6 Clemson who beat the Irish two weeks ago and newly ranked Temple who debuted in the poll at #24 following their 6-0 start to the 2015 season. Temple has a Thursday night showdown with East Carolina before the Irish travel to Philadelphia for a Halloween showdown in what could very well be a contest between two ranked teams.
Pittsburgh is currently in the “Others Receiving Votes” category at #28 with a chance to be ranked before Notre Dame’s trip to Heinz Field in November.
With the Irish idle this coming weekend, there are several chances for Notre Dame to move up in the polls. Florida State faces Georgia Tech in a game that could be the Yellow Jackets’ defacto bowl game. Michigan State faces a tough Indiana squad on the heels of a emotionally draining game. The third ranked Utes will travel to LA for a showdown with USC which will force Notre Dame fans to root for the Trojans next weekend.