With Ohio State looming, MI still #4 in CFP

BOSTON MA- NOVEMBER 24 tight end Jake Burt #84 of the Boston College Eagles celebrates his TD with tight end Tommy Sweeney #89 of the Boston College Eagles as BC takes on Syracuse at Alumni Stadium

Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and MI remain the top four, in that order. An Ohio State win over No. 4 MI assuredly moves Ohio State near the top four and ahead of the Knights, who now occupy the highest spot a Group of Five team has ever had in the history of the rankings. It was No. 15 at this point a year ago.

Beat Ohio State and Northwestern to finish 12-1 and Big Ten champs: IN, unless the SEC has a surprise in store (see above). But with no hope at a playoff, it's a bit of an empty achievement. It's a choice between two teams that have been defined as much by their flaws as their biggest wins.

That leaves two spots and four of the five Power Five conference champions have at least three losses. Washington State's loss came at LSU and the Cougars played an easier non-conference schedule than the Tigers did.

The top-8 in this week's college football playoff rankings remain the same, but 8-10 is where the fun starts. Ohio State is slightly above the FBS average in defensive efficiency (48th at 61.2 entering Saturday), while Oklahoma is 90th at 42.1. In the bigger picture, though, the No. 10 Buckeyes thoroughly embarrassed MI, setting the stage for the fourth spot to boil down to a hard decision on Selection Day if both Ohio State and Oklahoma win their conference titles. The Panthers will play Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on December 1. Notre Dame 4. MI 5.

David Pollack explains why UCF is finally getting credit as it jumps over Ohio State in the top 10 and how Washington State can climb the rankings. Penn State is 12th. Ohio State has a 29-point loss to Purdue in October on its résumé, and in the time since that setback, the Buckeyes have looked shaky. Kentucky 16. Washington 17.

Nick Bromberg is a writer for Yahoo Sports.

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