COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State is off to a good start.
The Buckeyes came in at No. 6 in the first College Football Playoff rankings for the 2016 season. While that placement leaves them out of a playoff spot for now, it’s well ahead of where the Buckeyes debuted in 2014. Furthermore, Ohio State still has two more games against teams (Michigan and Nebraska) currently sitting in the top 10.
Where Ohio State is ranked will surely come as news to Urban Meyer. The head coach said during his Monday press conference that he wouldn’t watch the rankings show.
“I won’t look at it,” Meyer said. “I’m sure people will tell me about it, including my person of 27 years of marriage will tell me about it when I get home.
“But, I mean, it’s not going to change the way we work. And I’m sure we’ll be somewhere around (the four playoff spots). But we’ve got to improve and play well Saturday against a very good team.”
Regardless of their ranking, the Buckeyes are the one-loss team closest to controlling their own destiny. Louisville and Texas A&M will need multiple losses from Clemson and Alabama to win their respective divisions. Ohio State, on the other hand, can win the Big Ten East with one loss as long as Michigan doesn’t lose twice while Penn State simultaneously wins out.
College Football Playoff Rankings, Nov. 1
4. Texas A&M
6. Ohio State
12. Penn State
18. Oklahoma State
19. Virginia Tech
20. West Virginia
21. North Carolina
22. Florida State
23. Western Michigan
24. Boise State
25. Washington State