PITTSBURGH (AP) Notre Dame isn't getting caught up in its initial spot in the College Football Playoff poll.

The Irish (7-1) understand their current position in fifth won't matter much if they can't find a way to keep winning. Notre Dame's first test of a tricky November comes Saturday against Pitt (6-2).

The two rivals have played each other tough over the last decade, with nine of the last 10 meetings decided by eight points or less.

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Pitt upset the Irish two years ago and the Panthers know a win over Notre Dame would give the program momentum heading down the stretch.

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AP Sports Writer Tom Coyne in South Bend, Indiana, contributed to this report.

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