College Football Playoff Rankings Projection: Ohio State Needs To Watch USC

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College Football Playoff rankings projection: Ohio State needs to watch USC

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Assessing Ohio State's College Football Playoff chances

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Time to pay attention to the playoff rankings again, Ohio State fans.

No. 6 in the first rankings two weeks ago, the Buckeyes dropped to No. 13 after their blowout loss at Iowa. But after a 48-3 win over No. 12 Michigan State, and a total of five losses by teams ranked above them, the playoff is back on the radar.

When the third College Football Playoff rankings are released on ESPN on Tuesday night at 9 p.m., Ohio State should be ranked somewhere between No. 8 and No. 10. That's high enough to mean that the Buckeyes will be positioned if they keep winning, and some others keep losing. Bottom line -- if Ohio State is the Big Ten champ, it will have a shot to make football's final four.

I laid out the path to the playoff earlier this week. We discussed it further in the video above, where Bill and Tim gave their percent chances of Ohio State making the playoff as it stands now. I got a little caught up in things and forgot to give my chance, so here it is - a 59 percent shot that, in the end, the Buckeyes will be in the playoff.

As for the top six Tuesday night, here's what our three-person committee came up with:

1. Alabama

2. Miami

3. Oklahoma

4. Clemson

5. Wisconsin

6. Auburn

That would mean our projected playoff matchups are:

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Clemson, Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Miami vs. No. 3 Oklahoma, Rose Bowl

Here were our previous projected playoff matchups in the first two weeks of the rankings.

Oct. 31 

No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State, Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Georgia vs. No. 3 Notre Dame, Rose Bowl

Nov. 7

No. 1 Georgia vs. No. 4 Clemson, Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 3 Notre Dame, Rose Bowl

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