Oh how the tangled web of college football rankings has changed since last the playoff committee met. Since then, three of the top-six teams lost (including Nos. 1 and 3), and the previously No. 13 Ohio State, whose playoff chances had been left for dead, suddenly has a pulse (albeit a faint one), after their 48-3 drubbing of formerly No. 12 Michigan State.
Now, having moved up a few spots, the Buckeyes sit at No. 9.
If the Buckeyes are to have any chance of booking a return trip to the College Football Playoff, they are going to need two things; 1) to win out against Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin (and preferably in impressive fashion), and 2) lots of chaos above them.
However, the third CFP rankings of the season should provide a glimpse as to what must happen for OSU to have a shot at the title.
Week 12 College Football Playoff Rankings
|9||Ohio State||8-2||Big Ten|
|10||Penn State||8-2||Big Ten|
|13||Oklahoma State||8-2||Big 12|
|17||Michigan State||7-3||Big Ten|
|25||Boise St||8-2||Mountain West|