Buckeyes stand pat at No. 2 in CFP rankings

Ohio State remained No. 2 in the latest College Football Playoff rankings, which were released Tuesday evening. Defending national champion Georgia retained the No. 1 ranking, Michigan remained at No. 3 and TCU stayed at No. 4.

Tennessee – which was ranked No. 5 last week – fell to No. 8 after its loss to South Carolina.

LSU moved up one spot to No. 5 and USC moved up a spot to No. 6.

The Buckeyes are coming off a 43-30 win at Maryland and will host Michigan on Saturday. The Wolverines defeated Illinois 19-17 in Ann Arbor this past week.

Only four unbeaten teams remain: Georgia, Ohio State, Michigan and TCU.

Here are the full CFP rankings:

  1. Georgia (11-0)
  2. Ohio State (11-0)
  3. Michigan (11-0)
  4. TCU (11-0)
  5. LSU (9-2)
  6. USC (10-1)
  7. Alabama (9-2)
  8. Clemson (10-1)
  9. Oregon (9-2)
  10. Tennessee (9-2)
  11. Penn State (9-2)
  12. Kansas State (8-3)
  13. Washington (9-2)
  14. Utah (8-3)
  15. Notre Dame (8-3)
  16. Florida State (8-3)
  17. North Carolina (9-2)
  18. UCLA (8-3)
  19. Tulane (9-2)
  20. Ole Miss (8-3)
  21. Oregon State (8-3)
  22. UCF (8-3)
  23. Texas (7-4)
  24. Cincinnati (9-2)
  25. Louisville (7-4)

What this means for Ohio State

Absolutely nothing. As everyone knows, it all comes down to The Game for the Buckeyes against the Wolverines in Columbus this Saturday (noon ET; FOX).

Now, could the loser of Ohio State-Michigan get in the four-team CFP field as the No. 4 seed? Yes, it’s possible. But that’s not a chance you want to take. If TCU and USC win out, they are both in, no questions asked. That would leave the loser of OSU-UM out. Also, if LSU wins the SEC title, the Tigers will very likely be in, despite having two losses.

Frankly, it makes this Saturday’s showdown even more special. Not only is it the best rivalry in sports (not that we’re biased or anything) but it is the de-facto Big Ten Championship Game and a CFP quarterfinal contest all in one. Sign me up for that.

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2022 OHIO STATE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE (Kickoff times/TV information TBA unless otherwise noted)

Saturday, Sept. 3: vs. Notre Dame (Final score: Ohio State 21, Notre Dame 10)

Saturday, Sept. 10: vs. Arkansas State (Final score: Ohio State 45, Arkansas State 12)

Saturday, Sept. 17: vs. Toledo (Final score: Ohio State 77, Toledo 21)

Saturday, Sept. 24: vs. Wisconsin (Final score: Ohio State 52, Wisconsin 21)

Saturday, Oct. 1: vs. Rutgers (Final score: Ohio State 49, Rutgers 10)

Saturday, Oct. 8: at Michigan State (Final score: Ohio State 49, Michigan State 20)


Saturday, Oct. 22: vs. Iowa (Final score: Ohio State 54, Iowa 10)

Saturday, Oct. 29: at Penn State (Final score: Ohio State 44, Penn State 31)

Saturday, Nov. 5: at Northwestern (Final score: Ohio State 21, Northwestern 7)

Saturday, Nov. 12: vs. Indiana (Final score: Ohio State 56, Indiana 14)

Saturday, Nov. 19: at Maryland (Final score: Ohio State 43, Maryland 30)

Saturday, Nov. 26: vs. Michigan (12 p.m. ET, FOX, Ohio Stadium, Columbus, OH)

Saturday, Dec. 3: Big Ten Championship Game (Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN)

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