After the Ohio State Buckeyes took quite a beating as they were blown out in Iowa, no one knew where the College Football Playoff committee would rank them this week. We knew it would be a significant drop, but we weren’t sure how far it would be. With the College Football Playoff committee releasing their second rankings Tuesday night, the Buckeyes have fallen to No. 13 in the rankings after being No. 6 prior to the loss against the Hawkeyes.
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After upsetting Ohio State and putting up 55 points on the scarlet and gray, Iowa climbed to No. 20 in the rankings after being unranked last week. Penn State, who was also upset (by Michigan State) fell to No. 14. Meanwhile, the Spartans climbed to No. 12 in the rankings.
Although the Buckeyes will now need plenty of chaos to happen in order to make the Playoff, the season is not lost. If Ohio State wins out, they can win the Big Ten. While they control their own destiny, their matchup on Saturday afternoon when they host No. 12 Michigan State is key. While Sparty is coming off of an upset win over Penn State, Michigan State always seems to give the Buckeyes plenty of problems.
While movement took place in terms of Big Ten teams, the Top 5 remained unchanged in the rankings: No. 1 Georgia, No. 2 Alabama, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 Clemson, No. 5 Oklahoma. Ohio State may have slim odds to make the Final Four, but there is good football the rest of the season in terms of teams still in the Playoff hunt and it all starts this weekend.
In what might be the biggest weekend of college football in 2017 to date, almost all of the Top 10 teams have key matchups, which doesn’t even cover other ranked matchups such as No. 15 Oklahoma State at No. 21 Iowa State.
- No. 1 Georgia at No. 10 Auburn
- No. 2 Alabama at No. 16 Mississippi State
- No. 3 Notre Dame at No. 7 Miami
- Florida State at No. 4 Clemson
- No. 6 TCU at No. 5 Oklahoma
- No. 20 Iowa at No. 8 Wisconsin
- No. 9 Washington at Stanford (Friday)
For the scarlet and gray, motivation is key this Saturday and going forward. They can come out uninspired now that their Playoff hopes are slim or they can play with some anger and realize that they still have plenty to play for in terms of the conference. Hopefully for Urban Meyer’s crew, it’s the latter.
The Big Ten has six teams in the Top 25, but their Playoff hopes took a huge blow after both Ohio State and Penn State were upset this past weekend. Although Wisconsin is undefeated, due to their weak schedule, they will need some help in order to get into the Playoff. Meanwhile, the other five teams have to hope that some craziness happens over the last three weeks of the regular season and in the conference championship games.
- Wisconsin: No. 8
- Michigan State: No. 12
- Ohio State: No. 13
- Penn State: No. 14
- Iowa: No. 20
- Northwestern: No. 25
Keep in mind, no two-loss team has been selected into the Final Four by the Playoff committee since it’s inaugural season in 2014.
The Buckeyes take on Michigan State in The Shoe Saturday at 12 p.m. ET in what will be an important matchup in the Big Ten. Whoever wins the game will be in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East division.