No. 7 Miami’s rout of No. 3 Notre Dame all but guarantees ACC returning to playoff

So how much love will this truly dominating win get Mark Richt and Co. in the eyes of that 13-member selection committee? That’s the 14 karat — or whatever that chain is coming in at — question.

They were trumpeting Georgia’s place as No. 1 as being cemented by its win over Notre Dame; while the Irish were ranked above four other one-loss teams in the Top 10 because it had lost by just one point to those Bulldogs.

The Hurricanes got a shred of respect after dumping Virginia Tech by 18, but still were behind four one-loss teams. Now, they’re one of just three undefeated Power-5 teams along with No. 2 Alabama — which beat No. 16 Mississippi State 31-24 — and No. 8 Wisconsin — now 10-0 after topping No. 20 Iowa 38-14 — and while it seems a given the Crimson Tide will ascend to No. 1 … has Miami made its case?

If Georgia was boosted for edging Notre Dame, shouldn’t a team that completely overwhelmed that same opponent get the same treatment?

Granted, Miami is playing the nation’s 31st-ranked schedule per the Strength of Schedule metrics the CFP is using, but Alabama is 46th and Wisconsin comes in 73rd. The Tide did enter Week 11 at No. 1 in game control, winning by an average of 31.1 points, compared

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