Urban Meyer is greeted by Wolverine fans upon his entrance to the field prior to the game against Michigan on Nov. 25 in Ann Arbor. Ohio State won 31-20. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor

Less than a week until the final rankings are released, Ohio State rose one spot from No. 9 to No. 8 in the College Football Playoff rankings, the playoff committee announced Tuesday evening.

After defeating Michigan 31-20 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, last week, the Buckeyes will take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game at 8 p.m. Saturday night. The undefeated Badgers rose one spot to No. 4, the highest they have been ranked this season.

Ohio State holds a 39-38 win against No. 9 Penn State and a 48-3 victory against No. 16 Michigan State. No. 21 Northwestern is the other Big Ten team in the top 25.

The top four in the latest rankings consists of No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Auburn, No. 3 Oklahoma and No. 4 Wisconsin. No. 5 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia and No. 7 Miami are also ranked ahead of the Buckeyes.

The final rankings will be released at noon Sunday, which will include the unveiling of the four teams in the playoff.

Here are the full rankings.

  1. Clemson
  2. Auburn
  3. Oklahoma
  4. Wisconsin
  5. Alabama
  6. Georgia
  7. Miami
  8. Ohio State
  9. Penn State
  10. Southern California
  11. TCU
  12. Stanford
  13. Washington
  14. UCF
  15. Notre Dame
  16. Michigan State
  17. LSU
  18. Washington State
  19. Oklahoma State
  20. Memphis
  21. Northwestern
  22. Virginia Tech
  23. Mississippi State
  24. North Carolina State
  25. Fresno State