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Ohio State Buckeyes No. 2 In College Football Playoff Rankings
- Updated: November 15, 2016
The third edition of the College Football Playoff Rankings was released on Tuesday night. For the third straight week, the Big Ten conference received five teams in the Top 25. However, there was little change due to five Top 10 teams losing last week.
The biggest winner had to be the No. 2 Ohio State Buckeyes. They have defeated three teams in the Top 25 and their only loss came to No. 8 Penn State. Additionally, the Buckeyes face off with No. 3 Michigan Wolverines in the season finale. If form holds, the Buckeyes will be the first program to earn a College Football Playoff spot without playing in their conference championship game. Yet, this College Football Playoff Ranking means nothing if the Buckeyes don’t win their remaining games.
Despite losing to Iowa on a last-second field goal, the Wolverines didn’t drop at all. Due to No. 4 Clemson and No. 6 Washington losing on Saturday, the Wolverines maintained their position in the College Football Playoff Rankings. However, they have quarterback trouble due to Wilton Speight’s injury. Most likely, the Wolverines will have to win the Big Ten with a backup quarterback. They also have to visit Ohio State in the season finale.
Currently, the Wolverines have three wins over teams in the College Football Playoff Top 10. With wins over No. 7 Wisconsin, Penn State and No. 10 Colorado, the Wolverines are in a perfect position to earn a playoff spot. However, they have a pair of tough games left and can’t afford another loss.
Meanwhile, the Badgers are waiting for their opportunity to earn a spot in the College Football Playoff. They are two wins away from representing the Big Ten West in the conference championship game. Therefore, the Badgers have a possible rematch with Michigan or Ohio State in the near future. They also could face the Nittany Lions in one of the more improbable matchups when the season started.
The No. 18 Nebraska Cornhuskers moved up slightly after their win over Minnesota. Yet, the College Football Playoff committee is still holding the Huskers accountable for their 59-point loss to the Buckeyes. The Huskers need plenty of help to get back in the race, but they have a slight chance to make the Big Ten Championship game. Currently, the Badgers hold the tie-breaker over the Huskers.
The No. 1 Alabama Crimson Tide are the lone unbeaten Power 5 team. Meanwhile, No. 21 Western Michigan is also undefeated. So far, the selection committee is not giving much respect to the Broncos.
You look good, @B1Gfootball!
— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) November 16, 2016
College Football Playoff Rankings
2. Ohio State
8. Penn State
11. Oklahoma State
13. Southern California
14. West Virginia
17. Florida State
20. Boise State
21. Western Michigan
22. Washington State
25. Texas A&M
Next up: Big Ten Power Rankings Look Weird.
Harrison has covered NFL, NBA, and CBB in the past. Earlier in his career, he was a national college football writer and Team writer for Husker Corner. Harrison also created the college football "Treat 16 Power Poll" some years back when college coaches relied on the running game.
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