The top four teams in final ranking of the committee on December 3 will play in the College Football Playoff. The annual clash between the rivals means even more this year as the victor is likely to end up in the College Football Playoffs. 5 Louisville's 36-10 loss to Houston last week. Under the scenario in which Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Washington and UW all win out, the website still gives the Badgers a 44 percent chance to be included in the four-team field. Plus, if Colorado gets a home win against Utah, USC won't be in the Pac-12 title game, and that matters too.
Hocutt also said the conference championship is one of four metrics used when there is "little to no separation" and each committee member can value it their own way.
The Huskies are 10-1. They believe that it won't matter if Ohio State finishes second in the Big Ten East, and therefore doesn't play in the league's title game.
Despite the expectations that MI would be voted to be the conference's representative, the league's athletic directors selected Ohio State to return to the Rose Bowl. No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 MI play each other Saturday, so Wisconsin could move up another spot depending how far the committee decides to drop the loser. No. 4: Clemson After a short fall in last week's rankings after a frustrating loss to Pittsburgh, Clemson was able to handily beat Wake Forest, 35-13.
The Sooners and Cowboys will meet in a de facto Big 12 title game on December 2. None of those teams are ranked. A loss would certainly knock them out of the top four, but they could theoretically make up for it by winning big in the ACC Championship. And being a one-loss conference champion is better than any of the possibilities below this one. Four of the top seven teams in this week's rankings are from the Big Ten, including No. 2 Ohio State and No. 3 MI, who square off Saturday in Columbus (noon ET, ABC/ESPN App). Ohio State has won four straight and 11 of the last 12 in the series. Hocutt said the committee does not adjust the Cowboys record for the mistake, but it does consider the circumstances of the loss. Even after the loss to unranked Penn State, the quarterback insisted no big changes were necessary and the offense was on track. Yet do the math: Two of the above possibilities are mutually exclusive.
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For Ohio State, it must defeat Michigan and hope for Penn State to lose to Michigan State to make it to the Big Ten Championship game. No. 1 Ohio State hosted No. 2 MI with both a Big Ten title and spot in the National Championship Game on the line. 1 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes hosted the then-No. In fact, Navy's earlier win over Houston looking better was probably a big factor in Navy finally moving into the rankings this week.
Michigan, meanwhile, had John O'Korn make his first start of the season at quarterback in last week's win over in after Wilton Speight, who started all year, suffered a shoulder injury in the Wolverines' loss at Iowa.
That puts a one loss Ohio State team in a hard spot, or a two loss MI. What about that would close the admittedly large gap between Ohio State and Penn State? SC (6-4); December 3 ACC championship game.
Games remaining: Friday at Washington State (8-3); potentially December 2 in Pac-12 championship game vs. TBD. It moved from No. 8 to No. 7.
On the one hand, even if Oklahoma State had beaten Central Michigan, you can still argue that it would have been a bad win and could still be held against them.