Even after dominating Maryland, 73-14, Saturday afternoon, the Ohio State Buckeyes still dropped one spot to No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings and there was nothing that the scarlet and gray really could have done to prevent it. It was expected to happen, actually. Given that the top-2 teams in the rankings — Ohio State and LSU — were presumably so close, the Tigers taking care of business on the road at Alabama on Saturday moved them into the top spot in the rankings, at least for now. For the first time in the history of these rankings, the No. 1 team fell out of the top spot even after winning a game.
“We got two great teams at the top in LSU and Ohio State,” CFP committee chairman Rob Mullens said. “Just like I said last week, the committee’s really impressed with Ohio State’s consistent level of high play. But when you look at LSU’s resume, with the win over Alabama on the road, that makes their fourth top-20 win, and they’re the only team in the nation with that. They’re deserving of that No. 1 ranking.”
Although they dropped one spot, Buckeye Nation has nothing to worry about. Take care of business the rest of the season and Ohio State will not only be a top-2 team but could possibly jump LSU atop the rankings. Even if they don’t jump them again, just getting to the Playoff is all that matters, everything else will work itself out in the end.
The top-four is rounded out by No. 3 Clemson and (somehow) No. 4 Georgia. No. 5 Alabama and No. 6 Oregon are currently both on the outside looking in. Speaking of Bama and the Ducks, it seems as though the committee it setting something up for later on in the season as well: If LSU wins out, therefore keeping the Crimson Tide out of the SEC championship, and the winner of the Pac-12 championship wins out (Oregon or Utah), that Pac-12 winner will likely jump Bama in the rankings. That will be something very interesting to keep an eye on going forward.
The Big Ten is well represented in the rankings. Following their big win over Penn State, undefeated Minnesota climbed all the way to No. 8. Along with Ohio State and the Golden Gophers, the conference also has Penn State (No. 9), Wisconsin (14), Michigan (15), and Iowa (20) in the rankings.
Looking ahead, the Buckeyes still have plenty of opportunities to boost their resume. They still have to play both the Nittany Lions and Wolverines during the regular season and assuming Minnesota wins at least two of their final three games, Ohio State will take on the Gophers in the Big Ten championship game, which will likely be another top-15 matchup.
The entire top 25:
Here’s the full #CFBPlayoff Top 25 rankings for games played through November 9.
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