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Ohio State rises to No. 8 in College Football Playoff standings

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After beating Michigan State on the road, the Ohio State football team jumped six spots to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff standings, which were announced Tuesday night on ESPN.

Before the Buckeyes’ 49-37 win against the Spartans on Saturday, OSU was ranked No. 14 while Michigan State was No. 8. OSU (8-1, 5-0) is also ranked No. 8 in the Associated Press top 25 and No. 7 in the USA Today coaches poll.

OSU was No. 16 in the inaugural College Football Playoff rankings announced Oct. 28 before rising two spots last week.

Mississippi State checked in at No. 1 for the third consecutive week with Oregon at No. 2 and Florida State and Texas Christian University rounding out the first four. At season’s end, the top four teams in College Football Playoff standings are set to compete in the first-ever College Football Playoff.

OSU is one of five Big Ten teams in the top 25, with Michigan State falling to No. 12, Nebraska dropping to No. 16, Wisconsin checking in at No. 20 and Minnesota entering the poll at No. 25.

Michigan State and Minnesota are the only teams in the College Football Playoff rankings on OSU’s schedule this season.

The standings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.

The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday against Minnesota in Minneapolis. Kickoff is set for noon.

Complete Standings:

  1. Mississippi State
  2. Oregon
  3. Florida State
  4. Texas Christian University
  5. Alabama
  6. Arizona State
  7. Baylor
  8. Ohio State
  9. Auburn
  10. Mississippi
  11. UCLA
  12. Michigan State
  13. Kansas State
  14. Arizona
  15. Georgia
  16. Nebraska
  17. Louisiana State University
  18. Notre Dame
  19. Clemson
  20. Wisconsin
  21. Duke
  22. Georgia Tech
  23. Utah
  24. Texas A&M
  25. Minnesota

One comment

  1. Sadly, B1G has gone from being a Blue Chip Power Football Conference to the bottom rung of all Power Conferences. The rankings are based upon teams’records but also perception that B1G is a weak conference.

    In all likelihood, B1G will be shut out of the first College Football Playoff. The SEC, Big 12 and PAC 12, all have two teams ahead of OSU and one of each of those will likely win out based upon their remaining schedules. FSU of the ACC will also likely be the winner based upon its schedule.

    B1G Commissions Delany and OSU A.D. Smith proposal to go to a 9 nine game in Conference game schedule will minimize B1G teams opportunities to play and beat other Power Conference teams. It is only by beating those teams can B1G improve its football status. B1G should keep to its current schedule of 8 in conference games.

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