Northwestern moves up to No. 14 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Bobby Pillote , Gameday Editor

Northwestern moved up two spots to No. 14 in the second-to-last College Football Playoff rankings of the season, released Tuesday night on ESPN.

NU is unlikely to move up in the final ranking because some teams ahead of them, such as No. 8 Notre Dame and No. 9 Florida State, are finished playing for the season. At No. 14 NU will not qualify for one of the New Year’s Six bowls.

The final playoff rankings will be released Sunday at 2 p.m., and the Cats will learn their bowl placement shortly thereafter, if they are not playing in a New Year’s Six bowl. The most likely destination for NU is the Outback Bowl, played January 1 in Tampa, Florida, though the team could also end up in the Citrus Bowl, played January 1 in Orlando, Florida, or the Holiday Bowl, played December 30 in San Diego.

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