College Football Playoff Rankings Provide a Signal About Ohio State

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The second week of the College Football Playoff committee rankings is upon us. Here they are:

1. Alabama
2. Notre Dame
3. Clemson
4. Ohio State
5. Texas A&M
6. Florida
7. Cincinnati
8. Georgia
9. Iowa State
10. Miami
11. Oklahoma
12. Indiana
13. BYU
14. Northwestern
15. Oklahoma State
16. Wisconsin
17. North Carolina
18. Coastal Carolina
19. Iowa
20. USC
21. Marshall
22. Washington
23. Oregon
24. Tulsa
25. Louisiana

Notable information here: The top seven are the same as last week. Ohio State was NOT dinged for not having a game against Illinois this past Saturday, but they are still not out of the woods — they have to pray that neither of their games against Michigan State or Michigan get canceled. If they don’t hit the six-game threshold, they will be ineligible for the Big Ten title game unless the conference changes their rules.

BYU still hasn’t impressed the committee. They rose just one spot from No. 14 to No. 13. Northwestern dropped six spots from No. 8 to No. 14. After defeating Texas, Iowa State rose four spots from No. 13 to No. 9.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.


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  1. That 23.5 point spread between OSU and Michigan St. seems a skosh high to me. Aside from a 48-3 drubbing in 2017 OSU has only covered that number once in the last ten years against the Spartans, and that was by a mere 0.5 points last year. Most games were far closer.

  2. Here’s a story no one is talking about for some reason.I promise you it will be a huge story soon.

    Why do the slow on the draw leagues still have opportunity to make the playoff when playing only SIX games. It’s not equal treatment for a 6-0 Big 10 team to be handed a spot over an SEC, ACC or Big 12 team who played a full 10-11 games plus a conference title game.

    Here’s something to research to prove my point. How many teams in the playoff era since 2014 have started 6-0 who didn’t make the playoffs? It’s not an equal comparison against the schools who had the sack to play a full schedule and a conference title game. This will become a much bigger story if a 6-0 OSU remains #4 booting out a 9-1 Florida, 9-1 A&M, 10-0 Cincinnati or another school who played a full schedule.

    Just for example, after six games last year OSU would have been out of the playoffs. They were ranked number five after starting 6-0 last year. Six games isn’t enough.

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