College Football Playoff Rankings: Ohio State, at No. 2, Isn’t Sitting Pretty

Ohio State’s J. T. Barrett, right, after throwing a touchdown pass against Maryland on Saturday. To win the Big Ten East, the Buckeyes need Penn State to lose.

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Following a weekend in which three of the top four teams lost, the expected shake-up in the College Football Playoff rankings was made official Tuesday night. After No. 1 Alabama (10-0), the sole undefeated major-conference team, Nos. 2 through 4, representing the teams that would complete the playoff bracket if the season ended Tuesday, were Ohio State (9-1), Michigan (9-1) and Clemson (9-1).

The Buckeyes jumped from fifth and over Michigan, which lost at Iowa on Saturday and stood pat at No. 3. After a home upset at the hands of Pitt, Clemson (9-1) dropped from second to fourth. Washington (9-1), which lost at home to now No. 13 Southern California (7-3), fell from fourth to sixth. Louisville claimed the No. 5 spot.

Rounding out the top 10 were Wisconsin (8-2) at No. 7, Penn State (8-2) at No. 8, Oklahoma (8-2) at No. 9 and Colorado (8-2) at No. 10.

But things are bound…

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