Football: Wildcats rise to No. 16 in College Football Playoff rankings

Bobby Pillote, Gameday Editor


Northwestern jumped four spots to No. 16 in the College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday evening by ESPN.

The Wildcats were helped by a thrilling win over then-No.25 Wisconsin on Saturday, and also advanced thanks to losses by then-No. 18 TCU, then-No. 13 Utah, then-No. 15 LSU and then-No. 19 Houston.

NU closes out its regular season Saturday against Illinois and has a chance to win 10 games for the first time since the 2012 season.

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