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Ohio State falls to No. 13 in second Playoff rankings

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.

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.

  • RGB

    Although Bucky’s schedule has been drek, if they beat Iowa, UM, and SUoO in the B1G Championship, they should make the playoff.
    But, unfortunately for Bucky, I think SUoO will do bad things to them. Again.

  • BenRM

    Go Irish!

    OSU needs a LOT of help. So much help that I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect it at all. I think Wisconsin is the B1G’s only hope for the playoffs at this point.

    I think we are looking at a playoff of:

    SEC Champ
    SEC Runner up
    Big 12 champ
    ACC champ/Notre Dame (based on the results of the Miami game).

  • RGB

    Win at Miami, and they’ll be in.
    I don’t think Navy or Stanford have any realistic chances of beating ND.

  • mgbode

    Stanford might. They are a tricky team.

  • mgbode

    Maybe. I think TCU & OU split their series though, which would leave them both out. BigXII then can complain that they DO have a championship game. Haha.

  • JM85

    Hopefully OSU plays a lesser opponent in bowl season so they don’t get embarrassed again.

  • mgbode

    I want USC.

  • RGB

    You want to scout Darnold.

  • mgbode

    I’ve scouted him plenty. I want to the fun of tOSU vs USC since my wife & her family are USC fans.

  • RGB

    I’m so ready for in-depth draft talk.
    Can we just go straight to 0-16, and get started. 😀

  • mgbode

    With Kyle saying he won’t play Jimmy-G, it is going to be a tight race for that No. 1 overall pick.

  • RGB

    They have a ways to go to make up the sos difference. (.600 v .507) So, as long as we don’t screw up and win a game, I think we’re safe.

  • Natedawg86

    perhaps you mean Illinois? The Iowa ship has sailed, and went full Titanic

  • Natedawg86

    Interestingly enough, if 2 SEC teams make it, they will be #1 and #3. If SEC Championship is a blowout, I don’t see how each of them makes it.

  • Natedawg86

    Is this strategic because they still need to be able to resign him in FA? If he plays well, they hose themselves of picks, and he inevitability would likely command more loot as a FA.

  • Natedawg86

    I don’t see a win remaining on the schedule…that being said, we will likely win 2 games back to back (GB & Balt) and finish 2-14

  • RGB
  • BenRM

    Will they be? Assuming ND wins out, and Georgia loses to Bama, won’t it have to look like:

    1. Bama 12-0
    2. Georgia 11-1 (with loss to #1)
    3. ND 10-1 (with loss to #2)
    4. Whoever else.

    You also avoid an immediate rematch of Alabama and Georgia that way. But you get a rematch of Georgia/ND from earlier in the year.

    I suppose in that scenario, you could hold ND’s lack of a championship game against them (they’ve done it in the past to the Big 12). Then you’d get a Bama/ND rematch from 2012.

  • RGB

    I think UGA has to stay within single digits of Alabama in the $EC Championship Game in order to get in.
    If they get steamrolled, that opens the door for other teams.

  • mgbode

    If Bama keeps losing bodies every week, then you might need to reverse the teams in that sentence.

  • mgbode

    We ALWAYS win a game in December that can screw up our draft slot. SF just helped us out last year by winning another. Don’t think they make the same mistake this year.

  • mgbode

    Kyle is a smart guy. He could intentionally call plays to Jimmy’s weaknesses and tank his stock.

  • RGB

    Hopefully Sashi has a plan…

  • RGB

    Yeah, Alabama may have a hard time starting those freshman…5-star LBS.

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    They no doubt still have talent in their depth, but it is inexperienced talent. That gives really good teams like Georgia and Auburn a chance.

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