Ohio State was the prime beneficiary of the calamity that hit the College Football Playoff rankings last weekend, the Buckeyes rising three spots to No.2 behind No.1 Alabama in the newest rankings revealed Monday night. In two weeks, MI and Ohio State will play and the victor will most likely meet the Wisconsin Badgers for a spot in the Playoff. There are a couple of things, though, to keep our eye on as we move forward. Oklahoma was the highest rated Big 12 team at nine and Colorado was 10th. There was some debate about whether or not Louisville would be ranked ahead of Clemson despite losing the head-to-head matchup. So by not playing in the conference championship game, the Buckeyes avoid a potential second loss that could knock them out of the top four.
The 12-person CFP committee ranks the top 25 teams and assigns the top four to semifinal sites.
The Big Ten placed four teams in the top 10 this week as Wisconsin and Penn State checked in at Nos.
If Wisconsin wins the Big Ten championship.
Would winning the Big Ten with two losses be better than Washington winning the Pac-12 with one?
If there's any consolation to be found, it's that the Pac-12 South has quietly stocked the middle of the rankings with its own high-octane teams. Florida State(No. 17) and Nebraska(No. 18) each moved up one spot, taking advantage ofNorth Carolina's loss to rivalDuke.
Alabama (10-0) remained No. 1. Auburn (7-3); December 3 vs. TBD in SEC championship game.
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Alabama was the easy No. 1 seed back when there were other undefeated Power 5 teams; now the gap is nearly impossibly wide.
The Nittany Lions' remaining games are at weak Rutgers and at home against Michigan State, one week after the Spartans play Ohio State.
The newest rankings, released Tuesday night, featured the Buckeyes at No. 2 and the Wolverines at No. 3 - a setup sure to change because of the rivals' head-to-head meeting November 26 at Ohio Stadium. If the Wolverines lose to either IN this weekend or Ohio State next weekend, the Lions will guarantee themselves a spot IN the Big Ten title game, should they beat Rutgers and Michigan State.
That would leave the final spot up for grabs among Louisville - who could be viewed as the de facto ACC champ - the second Big Ten team, and Oklahoma, if they win out. But I also think it's going to be hard for the committee to leave out an 11-1 Ohio State team. Iowa gave #3 ranked MI their first loss with a 14-13 victory over the Wolverines.
Ohio State (9-1, 7-1) does not have the same luxury. The Ohio State Buckeyes joined the crew, jumping up to the No. 2 spot after their impressive win over the Maryland Terrapins this past weekend. Western Michigan (10-0) 22. There is not another path for the Wolverines.
Clemson's dose was delivered courtesy of a late 48-yard field goal that gave the Panthers the 43-42 win, ending the Tigers' 21-game home winning streak.
So, while Tennessee can lose three games in a row and cling to No. 19, the one-loss Aztecs can't draw votes.
If Louisville and Clemson win out (they can not meet in the ACC championship), I say that they will both make the playoff as one loss teams.