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Ohio State moves up to No. 8 in latest College Football Playoff rankings

Looks like we could be heading toward an OSU-Alabama face-off for the fourth playoff spot.

With the regular season in the rearview mirror, the Ohio State Buckeyes are focused on this Saturday’s Big Ten Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers, but, on Tuesday night, many OSU fans were interested to see where the Bucks would land in the latest College Football Playoff rankings.

The general consensus from the committee prognosticators is that Alabama’s 26-14 loss to Auburn in the Iron Bowl hurt Ohio State’s chances of making the playoff for the third time in four years. If all of the chips fall in the Buckeyes’ favor, and Ohio State defeats Wisconsin this weekend, it will likely be a very difficult decision between the Buckeyes and ‘Bama as to who gets the fourth spot in the playoffs.

In the penultimate CFP rankings, OSU moved to No. 8. The Alabama Crimson Tide, their likely chief rival for the fourth spot, should things break accordingly, is sitting at fifth.

The top four are No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Oklahoma, and No. 4 Wisconsin.

College Football Playoff Rankings Week 14

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