How Ohio State Can Jump Alabama To Get Into College Football Playoffs

Nick Saban

For the second time in three weeks, the College Football Playoff rankings will get a major shakeup Tuesday night, including their third No. 1 team of the season. Alabama can make the claim it's the best 1-loss team in the country, but there won't be a conference championship.

So who has a better case for the playoff?

Playoff berths appear squarely at stake in the Auburn-Georgia SEC Championship game and the Clemson-Miami ACC Championship game.

Clemson and Oklahoma, the No. 3 and No. 4 teams last week, appear poised to claim the top two spots in one order or the other after commanding wins over SC and West Virginia, respectively. They will need TCU to win the Big 12, or Ohio Sate to win the Big 10 in order to jump back into playoff discussion.

There's also a possibility that Clemson and Auburn could face off in one of the two semifinals if the playoff committee values Oklahoma's resume and Wisconsin's undefeated season over a two-loss SEC champion in Auburn.




Now that's a Nick Saban press conference we'd like to see. Well, if you were living under a rock this past weekend, you will know that that group will change thanks to upsets knocking both the Crimson Tide and Hurricanes from the ranks of the unbeatens.

Although the Buckeyes enter the Big Ten Championship as a more tested contender than Wisconsin with victories over two Top 15 teams, they aren't a lock to take home hardware from Indianapolis given how well the Badgers have played. Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia also have a chance to break into the Top 4.

Clemson (11-1) - I'm not an ACC homer and I also don't think SC was one of the top 25 teams in college football last week. Its detractors would use its two losses against it and throw Alabama into the mix as a more deserving team. And Miami, which ascended to No. 2 in the committee's rankings last week, will fall after losing at Pittsburgh.

Oklahoma (11-1) - A better overall resume when it comes to beating higher ranked teams.

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