To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Ohio State Buckeyes have fallen out of any sort of realistic contention for a spot in this year's College Football Playoff. The blowout loss to Iowa last Saturday ruined the hopes of the Buckeyes, though they'll still be vying for a berth in a prestige bowl game during the final three games of the regular season. The second College Football Playoff rankings have Ohio State sitting at No. 13—one spot behind this weekend’s opponent, Michigan State.
The current top four are Georgia, Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson. Just behind them, on the outside looking in, are Oklahoma at No. 5 and TCU at No. 6.
There's still a lot of football left to play, and we could easily see a few more major shakeups in the rankings as we hit the home stretch. Rivalry Week alone poses all sorts of questions—what happens to Alabama if they lose to Auburn in the Iron Bowl? Can Notre Dame avoid stumbles against Miami (No. 7) and Navy before taking on Stanford?
We don't have any answers yet. But we do have the full rankings, per ESPN.com:
|12||Michigan State||7-2||Big Ten|
|13||Ohio State||7-2||Big Ten|
|14||Penn State||7-2||Big Ten|
|15||Oklahoma State||7-2||Big 12|
|21||Iowa State||6-3||Big 12|