Notre Dame dominated Stanford 45-14 to close their 2021 regular season campaign and moved to 11-1. Was it enough for Notre Dame to get more respect in terms of a College Football Playoff appearance?
According to ESPN, no, and not even close.
ESPN has 14 college football staffers pick their four CFP teams each week and did so as soon as games of significance ended Saturday night. Of those 14, none of them had Notre Dame picked to make the playoff.
Here are the five teams that appeared and how many votes each received:
Oklahoma State: 7/14
No other teams appeared on any ballot.
Do seven people think Alabama goes into the SEC Championship and beats Alabama? That’s the only way they can get in at this point after a game they should have lost at Auburn had it not been for an epic, self-inflicted collapse.
At least it should be.