PLAYOFF RANKINGS: Ohio St up; Michigan, Clemson still top 4
Nov 17 2016 by Ken Ortega
It came to No. 13 Oklahoma State and doesn't look as bad now as it did then, so the Mountaineers aren't out of the postseason conversation just yet. There's a good chance we see two ACCteams make the Playoff this season. The Buckeyes were dangerously close to being a one-loss team without a conference title to get in the playoff a year ago.
All that's left for Michigan State now is the chance to impact the Big Ten East race in their final two games against Big Ten East co-leaders Ohio State and Penn State. MI is the only team with three wins against current CFP top 10 wins.
The Cardinals' hurdle could be even more hard to clear than the Buckeyes'. Another simpler - albeit unlikely - scenario: If Clemson loses at Wake Forest this week, the Cards win the ACC Atlantic.
Penn State is also in an interesting spot with two losses.
With the win, the Cougars increased their winning streak to eight games, moving to 8-2 overall and 7-0 in Pac-12 play for the first time in school history. He voted absentee and the Crimson Tide didn't look past the Bulldogs, smoking them 51-3. The only team that could have an argument to jump in would be Louisville, but the Tigers beat them head-to-head and I think that means a lot.
Wisconsin has hung on for countless one-possession victories in ugly, ugly games. It just shows that any Saturday any team can get beat. Although the case seems strong, OSU is now at the mercy of the committee, barring any more slipups like the one against Penn State. We see MI winning on November 26, then Ohio State prevailing in the rematch. It was a day that was sure to shake up everything in the football world.
Already No. 9 in the AP Poll and No. 10 in the Coaches Poll, Penn State hit a program high of No. 8 in the College Football Playoff Poll released on Tuesday night.
The College Football Playoff, which makes its first Atlanta stop on New Year's Eve, took a sudden turn Saturday night.
On Tuesday night, the playoff committee made a decision to elevate OSU to the second spot in the playoff race with just two weeks remaining on the schedule.
A one-loss Louisvilleteam is back on the radar and should leap into the playoff picture at No. 4. They could easily be dominant 11-1 teams that don't have a shot at playing in their league title games.
Yeah, they lost to Pittsburgh at home.
Ultimately, the main takeaway from this week is that Alabama is in terrific shape, while everybody else in the playoff conversation-a list that's grown in size as more contenders have suffered their first or second losses-still has an opportunity to make a statement down the stretch. Anyway, Michael Dyer's knee was down. The Lions' rise can be credited to their win while Texas A&M and Auburn, previously No. 8 and No. 9, respectively, both lost last weekend.
"It was a small margin between No. 4 and No. 5", committee chairman Kirby Hocutt said.
Looking ahead, the schedule for Week 12 is tame on the surface.
If the Pac-12 continues to stumble, it could get shut out of the playoffs.
Fourth Slot: Washington would be the choice finishing 12-1.
How much of a mix-up will there be after Alabama at No. 1?
Should Penn State lose both weeks, it'll be the Outback Bowl or less for the NittanyLions.