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Ohio State Buckeyes Remain At No. 2 In CFP Standings; Alabama Still No. 1

The Buckeyes are the No. 2 team in the College Football Playoff rankings for a second straight week.

Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten) appears to be in good shape for clinching a playoff spot regardless if it plays for the Big Ten title or not. 

After a hard-fought 17-16 win at Michigan State this past Saturday, OSU keeps hold of its No. 2 spot in the latest College Football Playoff rankings that were released Tuesday evening on ESPN. 

Alabama (11-0) is still atop the CFP standings after beating Chattanooga, 31-3, at home over the weekend. The Crimson Tide is the only undefeated squad among teams in the Power 5 conferences. 

Though Ohio State may not play for the Big Ten championship on Dec. 3, the Buckeyes should still qualify for the CFP so long as they win their regular-season finale against No. 3 Michigan this Saturday. A win over the Wolverines means Ohio State would have road victories over No. 8 Oklahoma and No. 6 Wisconsin in addition to home triumphs against No. 16 Nebraska and No. 3 Michigan. That alone should be a strong enough resume to get into the four-team postseason tournament.   

In addition to beating Michigan, Penn State must lose to MSU in order for OSU to get to Indianapolis. The Nittany Lions have the head-to-head advantage over the Buckeyes.

FULL STANDINGS

1. Alabama (11-0)

2. Ohio State (10-1)

3. Michigan (10-1)

4. Clemson (10-1)

5. Washington (10-1)

6. Wisconsin (9-2)

7. Penn State (9-2)

8. Oklahoma (9-2)

9. Colorado (9-2)

10. Oklahoma State (9-2)

11. Louisville (9-2)

12. USC (8-3)

13. Auburn (8-3)

14. Florida State (8-3)

15. Florida (8-2)

16. Nebraska (9-2)

17. Tennessee (8-3)

18. West Virginia (8-2)

19. Boise State (10-1)

20. Houston (9-2)

21. Western Michigan (11-0)

22. Utah (8-3)

23. Washington State (8-3)

24. Stanford (8-3)

25. Navy (8-2)


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