There’s no surprise at No. 1. But then the debate starts.
Undefeated Alabama was again ranked No. 1 in the College Football Playoff rankings announced Tuesday night. After the Crimson Tide, Ohio State stayed No. 2 again following the 30-27 2OT win against then-No. 3 Michigan. With the Wolverines losing, Clemson and Washington moved up to Nos. 3 and 4.
Michigan dropped to No. 5 after the loss, remaining ahead of fellow Big Ten teams Wisconsin and Penn State. The Badgers are No. 6 while Penn State is No. 7. The Badgers and Nittany Lions meet Saturday night in Indianapolis in the Big Ten Championship Game.
This is the second-to-last rankings of the season, as the College Football Playoff selection show is set for noon ET Sunday on ESPN.
Complete College Football Playoff Rankings, Week 14:
2. Ohio State
7. Penn State
10. Oklahoma State
12. Florida State
16. West Virginia
17. Western Michigan (highest-ranked Group of 5 team)
23. Virginia Tech
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Around college football entering Week 13
The Big Ten has hopes of getting two teams into the College Football Playoff. Though 11-1 Ohio State didn’t win the Big Ten East, the Buckeyes’ resume includes wins against top-10 foes Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Michigan and could be more than enough to get Ohio State into the top 4.
But the Big Ten also could get the conference champion into the playoff. The winner of Wisconsin-Penn State would boost its chances, though the Big Ten may need Clemson or Washington to lose in their conference championship games.
In the Big 12, Oklahoma plays rival Oklahoma State, with the winner earning the Big 12 title. The Sooners, already ranked ahead of the Cowboys, probably have a better chance at playoff inclusion, but Oklahoma likely needs some upsets this weekend…especially now that Colorado is ranked ahead of Oklahoma and could gain even more respect if the Buffaloes beat Washington.