College Football Playoff rankings: Who are the top four teams after Week 14?
The third set of College Football Playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday, though there was no change among the top four teams.
That doesn’t mean there aren’t significant storylines to discuss, most notably the cancellation of Saturday’s meeting between No. 4 Ohio State (5-0) and Michigan (2-4). As it stands now, the Buckeyes don’t meet the Big Ten’s six-game requirement to make the conference championship game, raising questions of whether the league will amend its requirements to protect its one true Playoff-caliber team (there’s also the potential, if other games get canceled, for the Buckeyes to play a different team).
Regardless, Ohio State will likely be able to play a sixth game on Dec. 19, even if it doesn’t make the Big Ten title game. But that raises another question: Will the Buckeyes’ short schedule — just six games — be enough to warrant inclusion into the Playoff without the conference title, even if they’re undefeated? Ohio State’s strength of schedule leaves a lot to be desired. Even with a win over then-No. 8 Indiana, Ohio State’s opponents have combined for a dismal 14-19 mark.
This season’s College Football Playoff semifinals are Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl Game and Sugar Bowl. The Playoff championship game will be Jan. 11 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. Depending on what the Playoff selection committee thinks of the Buckeyes’ schedule, they may — or may not — be a part of them.
With that, the third set of College Football Playoff rankings:
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