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Hard to believe we’re onto Week 11 of college football, but here we are. The second edition of College Football Playoff rankings will be released on Tuesday night, and teams are starting to eye their bowl/postseason hopes. 

Indiana was on a bye this past weekend, and they sit at 4-5 on the season with games at Maryland, at Michigan, and home to Purdue left on the schedule. CBS Sports has them not making the six win mark and missing the postseason in their latest bowl projections

Notre Dame is trying to make it’s case to be in the Top 4, while Purdue is one win away from being bowl eligible for the second straight season. Here’s where CBS has them going come December:

#3 Notre Dame vs. #2 Clemson: December 29, 2018 – Orange Bowl (Semifinal)

The Irish are coming off a close, sloppy win over Northwestern on the road on Saturday to remain undefeated. Again, they control their own destiny, and if they win out it would be almost a crime to keep them out of this year’s playoff. That hasn’t stopped the national media from already trying to force them out of the top 4 and slide in red hot Michigan or Georgia. 

Georgia has to play Alabama in the SEC Championship the first week of December in Atlanta, so it’s likely (very likely) they will have two losses come bracket time. 

And while Michigan is scorching after pounding Penn State 42-7 at home this weekend, they still have to go win in Columbus on Thanksgiving weekend. That’s something Harbaugh has yet to do, and something Michigan hasn’t done since 2000. Yes, folks, that means there’s a good chance that the freshmen playing for both squads weren’t alive the last time the Wolverines came out victorious at Ohio State. 

With both those being said, Irish fans can sleep a little easier at night knowing that if you get by a suddenly scary Syracuse team, you should secure that playoff spot. 

Purdue vs. Georgia Tech: December 26, 2018 – Quick Lane Bowl

After an 0-3 start, Purdue is in the drivers and passengers seat to secure back-to-back bowl game appearances for the first time since 2006-2007. 

Ross-Ade Stadium is where ranked teams go to die. The Boilers have knocked off three ranked teams this year – something they haven’t done since 2003. They’re now 5-4 and need one win with three games remaining at Minnesota, vs. Wisconsin, and at IU for the Old Oaken Bucket on thanksgiving to become bowl eligible. 

Not only that, but they still have a strong hand in the Big Ten West division race. Northwestern is in first and holds the tiebreaker over Purdue after beating them in Week 1, but if Purdue beats Minnesota and Wisconsin while Northwestern stumbles down the stretch, the Boilermakers could find themselves at Lucas Oil Stadium playing for the Big Ten Championship on December 1. 

Crazier things have happened. 

No one would have thought so in September, but Jeff Brohm has his team sitting pretty once again in November.