How Ohio State Can Jump Alabama To Get Into College Football Playoffs

Hope Soto
November 29, 2017

ESPN's College Football Playoff insider Heather Dinich broke down such a possibility Monday on "SportsCenter", and while it would require a couple moving parts, she says the committee likely would favor the Buckeyes over the Tide as the final playoff team if the cards fall perfectly.

There's still championship weekend to get through before the actual Playoff field is revealed, but Tuesday night's rankings will be very important for teams that still have hopes of winning a title.

But while Alabama likely will be slotted outside the top four Tuesday when the rankings are released, they figure to be in a good position to jump back into the mix should Oklahoma or Wisconsin lose Saturday. Any loss by any of the aforementioned teams will put the playoff rankings in flux.

If UM loses on Saturday, then Clemson would be in the playoff, and UM nearly assuredly would be the next highest-ranked ACC team (ahead of Virginia Tech and North Carolina State) and thus OB-bound.

However, the more realistic championship opponent for Dabo Swinney and Co.is the other SEC West team that resides in Alabama, the one that controls its playoff fate.

Auburn's defense may be seen as a weak link by some since its conceded over 20 points to Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Arkansas and LSU, but limiting Georgia and Alabama to 17 points in two of the last three weeks has to count for something as well.

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For starters, Gary Patterson's team will need to produce a convincing win over No. 3 Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on Saturday. Urban Meyer or Nick Saban?

On one hand, there would be 11-2 Ohio State, fresh off a Big Ten championship. Add to that, people forget they (Ohio State) beat a ranked Penn State team, a ranked Michigan State team. Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia also have a chance to break into the Top 4.

Also looming large is the Buckeyes' Week 2 loss to Oklahoma.

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