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College Football Playoff rankings: Ohio State up to 5

Thanks to Mississippi State taking a tumble, and Ohio State's win over Michigan, the Buckeyes move up a spot. Will it be enough?

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Anything can happen during rivalry week, but not enough big upsets happened to move Ohio State into the top four in the playoff selection committee. Mississippi State losing the Egg Bowl to Ole Miss, coupled with Ohio State's win over Michigan, was enough to move them a little closer, as the latest College Football Playoff rankings have Ohio State at 5, still ahead of Baylor, but behind Alabama, Oregon, TCU, now up to No. 3, and Florida State, who drops to No. 4.

Ohio State's situation is further complicated by the season ending injury to J.T. Barrett, making their pathway to the playoff a little murkier. The Buckeyes have one last game of the season, against Wisconsin (No. 13) in the Big Ten Championship game. They will need to give a strong impression if they're to rise any more in the rankings, without the help of other upsets.

Baylor remains at 6 behind Ohio State, in part due to a lackluster performance against Texas Tech. The Bears finish the season against Kansas State.

Alabama, Oregon and Florida State must all play next week in games they could potentially lose, so Ohio State may still be able to move up even if their performance against Wisconsin is unsteady.

Ohio State's best win remains Michigan State (No. 8), while Minnesota fell out of the Top 25 altogether.

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Rank Team Last week Week 14 result Final opponent If the season ended today ...
1 Alabama (11-1) 1 Won 55-44 vs. No. 15 Auburn Missouri Sugar Bowl vs. Florida State
2 Oregon (11-1) 2 Won 47-19 at Oregon State Arizona Rose Bowl vs. TCU
3 TCU (10-1) 5 Won 48-10 at Texas Iowa State Rose Bowl vs. Oregon
4 Florida State (12-0) 3 Won 24-19 vs. Florida Georgia Tech Sugar Bowl vs. Alabama
5 Ohio State (11-1) 6 Won 42-28 vs. Michigan Wisconsin New Year's bowl
6 Baylor (10-1) 7 Won 48-46 vs. Texas Tech Kansas State New Year's bowl
7 Arizona (10-2) 11 Won 42-35 vs. No. 13 Arizona State Oregon New Year's bowl
8 Michigan State (10-2) 10 Won 34-10 at Penn State None Orange Bowl vs. Georgia Tech*
9 Kansas State (9-2) 12 Won 51-13 vs. Kansas Baylor New Year's bowl
10 Mississippi State (10-2) 4 Lost 31-17 at No. 19 Ole Miss None New Year's bowl
11 Georgia Tech (10-2) 16 Won 30-24 (OT) at No. 9 Georgia Florida State Orange Bowl vs. Michigan State
12 Ole Miss (9-3) 19 Won 31-17 vs. No. 4 Mississippi State None
13 Wisconsin (10-2) 14 Won 34-24 vs. No. 18 Minnesota Ohio State
14 Georgia (9-3) 9 Lost 30-24 (OT) vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech None
15 UCLA (9-3) 8 Lost 31-10 vs. Stanford None
16 Missouri (10-2) 17 Won 21-14 vs. Arkansas Alabama
17 Arizona State (10-2) 13 Lost 42-35 at No. 11 Arizona None
18 Clemson (9-3) 21 Won 35-17 vs. South Carolina None
19 Auburn (8-4) 15 Lost 55-44 at No. 1 Alabama None
20 Oklahoma (8-3) 20 Idle Oklahoma State
21 Louisville (9-3) 22 Won 44-40 vs. Kentucky None
22 Boise State (10-2) 23 Won 50-19 vs. Utah State Fresno State New Year's bowl
23 Utah (8-4) 25 Won 38-34 vs. Colorado None
24 LSU (8-4) NR Won 23-17 at Texas A&M None
25 USC (8-4) NR Won 49-14 vs. Notre Dame None