Ohio State Buckeyes move up three spots in playoff rankings

The Ohio State Buckeyes jumped three spots to No. 2 in the third College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday night. They are one of four Big Ten teams in the top eight.

Ohio State looks to be in a good spot to make the playoff with two more wins over Michigan State and Michigan, but their hopes could also hinge on how the committee will view it if it doesn’t play in the Big Ten championship game. Penn State, the only team to beat Ohio State, will clinch the East Division’s berth in the title game with victories over Rutgers and Michigan State.

Ohio State ranked No. 6 in the first release and moved to No. 5 last week after a 62-3 victory over Nebraska. Another 62-3 victory, this time at Maryland, combined with a number of upsets in the top 10, allowed Ohio State to vault to No. 2.

Alabama, the only unbeaten team remaining in the top 10, is No. 1. Michigan remains at No. 3 despite suffering its first loss, 14-13 at Iowa. Clemson fell from No. 2 to No. 4 after losing 43-42 to Pittsburgh.

Louisville moved from No. 6 to No. 5. Washington fell from No. 4 to No. 6 after losing 26-13 to USC.

Penn State moved from No. 10 to No. 8. Wisconsin stayed at No. 7. Oklahoma is ninth. Colorado is 10th.

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