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Ohio State moves up to No. 9 in the College Football Rankings

But, will it be enough to get them back in playoff contention?

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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

Rank Team Record Conference
Rank Team Record Conference
1 Alabama 10-0 SEC
2 Clemson 9-1 ACC
3 Miami 9-0 ACC
4 Oklahoma 9-1 Big 12
5 Wisconsin 10-0 Big Ten
6 Auburn 8-2 SEC
7 Georgia 9-1 SEC
8 Notre Dame 8-2 Independent
9 Ohio State 8-2 Big Ten
10 Penn State 8-2 Big Ten
11 USC 9-2 Pac-12
12 TCU 8-2 Big 12
13 Oklahoma State 8-2 Big 12
14 Washington State 9-2 Pac-12
15 UCF 9-0 American
16 Mississippi State 7-3 SEC
17 Michigan State 7-3 Big Ten
18 Washington 8-2 Pac-12
19 NC State 7-3 ACC
20 LSU 7-3 SEC
21 Memphis 8-1 AAC
22 Stanford 7-3 Pac-12
23 Northwestern 7-3 Big Ten
24 Michigan 8-2 Big Ten
25 Boise St 8-2 Mountain West