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Football: Ohio State rises to No. 9 in College Football Playoff rankings

Ohio State’s offense prepares for the snap during the second quarter of the OSU vs. MSU game on Nov. 11 at Ohio Stadium. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Ris Twigg | Assistant Photo Editor

Ohio State bounced back from its second loss of the year with a 48-3 win against Michigan State and was rewarded for its performance by jumping from No. 13 to No. 9 in this week’s College Football Playoff rankings.

No. 5 Wisconsin is the highest-ranked Big Ten team. If the Buckeyes defeat Illinois and Michigan, they will face the Badgers in the Big Ten championship game. Likewise, if Wisconsin beats Michigan this week and Ohio State defeats Illinois, the Buckeyes clinch a spot in the conference title game.

Fellow Big Ten teams No. 10 Penn State, No. 16 Michigan State, No. 23 Northwestern and No. 24 Michigan also made it into the rankings. Ohio State will play against Michigan at noon Nov. 25.

No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Miami (Fl.) and No. 4 Oklahoma are currently in the field. Fifth-ranked Wisconsin and sixth-ranked Auburn sit just outside the top four.

In the season’s first ranking, Ohio State was ranked No. 6.

Here are the full rankings.

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Miami (FL.)
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Auburn
  7. Georgia
  8. Notre Dame
  9. Ohio State
  10. Penn State
  11. USC
  12. TCU
  13. Oklahoma State
  14. Washington State
  15. UCF
  16. Mississippi State
  17. Michigan State
  18. Washington
  19. NC State
  20. LSU
  21. Memphis
  22. Northwestern
  23. Stanford
  24. Michigan
  25. Boise State

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