Well, what a difference a week makes. Seven days ago, most of the college football world — including a lot of Buckeye Nation — seemed comfortable with Ohio State being jumped by the UCF Knights for ninth in the College Football Playoff rankings. However, seven days later, the Ohio State Buckeyes are up to No. 6 in the penultimate rankings with just the Big Ten Championship Game left on their schedule.
Unsurprisingly, the top three remained unchanged with No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, and No. 3 Notre Dame. However, the Georgia Bulldogs took the fourth spot following OSU’s demolition of former No. 4 Michigan.
Also ahead of the Buckeyes were the Oklahoma Sooners at No. 5. The assumption is that as long as both teams win their conference title games, and the Crimson Tide does the same, the selection committee will put either Oklahoma or Ohio State into the fourth spot in the playoff rotation.
Other B1G teams in the Top 25 include No. 7 Michigan, No. 12 Penn State, and OSU’s B1G Championship Game opponent No. 21 Northwestern.
Below are the full rankings from Tuesday’s unveil.
College Football Playoff Rankings (Nov. 24, 2018)
The final playoff and bowl positions will be announced on Sunday on ESPN’s selection show beginning at noon ET.