Notre Dame Climbs to 4th in Congrove Computer Rankings (CCR Top 130)

September 30, 2018 by Dave Congrove

For the second consecutive week, Ohio State stays atop the Congrove Computer Rankings at, but some changes did occur as Oklahoma switches places with Alabama for 2nd and 3rd, and Notre Dame jumps from 4th to 6th. Clemson drops to 5th.

Georgia leads off the second five, trailed by Michigan, Penn State, LSU and Washington.

The Nittany Lions only descended 3 spots after the 1-point loss in the last two minutes and three seconds at home to Ohio State. Stanford plunged 8 spots, from 8th to 16th, on the heels of its 38-17 loss at Notre Dame. LSU and Kentucky both made nice jumps as the Bayou Bengals rose from 14th to 9th and the Wildcats leapt from 16th to 11th.

Michigan State dropped from 10th to 12th after a far closer-than-expected 31-20 win over Central Michigan. Fellow Big Ten member Wisconsin rose from 15th to 13th, even though the Badgers were idle. Miami (FLA) climbed from 17th to 14th, and Auburn slipped from 13th to 15th.

The Southeastern Conference this week is down to 6 representatives in the Top 25 after Mississippi State and South Carolina drop out.The ACC also has 6, followed by the Big Ten with 5 each, the Big 12 with 4, and the PAC-12 with 2. Notre Dame is the lone independent.

Boise State becomes the first member from a Group of 5 conference to get into the top 25 at number 24 while undefeated UCF is 27th. Strength of schedule puts the 3-1 Broncos over the 4-0 Knights as BSU's slate ranks 75th and UCF's ranks 110th.

Virginia Tech rises 9 spots from 34th to 25th, recovering a good chunk of the 14 spots it dropped after last week's loss at Old Dominion. The Hokies rebounded with a win over then 12th-ranked Duke 31-14. The Blue Devils stay ranked ahead of Virginia Tech at No. 21.

The highest-ranked teams from other conferences are: North Texas (CUSA, 46), Akron (MAC, 60), and Appalachian State (Sun Belt, 50).

View the full Top 130.