Two Big Ten teams in the Playoff? Penn State is hoping so

Two Big Ten teams in the Playoff? Penn State is hoping so”

There were no changes in the top four.

There was some movement beyond the top 4 on Tuesday night, most notably Louisville plummeting from fifth to 11th following a 36-10 loss at the hands of Houston.

A loss wouldn't end Michigan's season. The Buckeyes won and advanced to the national championship game, where they lost to Urban Meyer-coached Florida. That's how dominant they have been this season. But it's great for the young players themselves, who get a fresh pair of kicks and a boost in confidence from LeBron giving them some personalized love. The Tide has a hard matchup with the always-tough Auburn in the Iron Bowl this week. I think Washington is the most likely non Big Ten team to lose, and I think they will. Clemson remains in control of its destiny in the Atlantic Coast Conference, with a rivalry date with SC preceding a return appearance in the conference championship game.

The upcoming game between the Michigan Wolverines and the Ohio State Buckeyes is probably the most anticipated game in the NCAA.

Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten): Michigan could go on the road and upset Ohio State, which would likely knock the Buckeyes out of playoff contention.

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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. Of course, Ohio State needs to beat Michigan, and the Nittany Lions need to beat Michigan State.

Of course, regardless of what happens with this week's rankings, there is sure to be movement at the top next week, after Ohio State and MI clash in The Game on Saturday. Still, the Buckeyes have their own issues to deal with as they head into the end of the season where they could be knocked out of the playoff picture with a loss to MI and the inability to improve their ranking if they can't play in the Big 10 Championship as a result of that loss. Ohio State, Michigan and Clemson each are 10-1. Two weeks ago, in its second rankings of the year, the committee went with chalk. The Tigers' next two games are against unranked teams. With a win MI can earn a spot in the Big Ten Championship and the inside track to the College Football Playoff.

Harley's popularity took Ohio State from an average program to one of national prominence. If it wins the Big Ten, even with two losses, it would figure to earn a playoff spot. WMU hosts Toledo (9-2, 6-1 MAC) on Friday evening with the victor advancing to the MAC championship game at Ford Field in Detroit on December 2. The Orange Bowl then chooses the next highest-ranked team from the SEC, Big Ten or Notre Dame. Clemson will face in-state rival SC. The rest of the pack: 5. That could open the door for Washington or maybe No. 6 Wisconsin to move into the projected field. Penn State, Oklahoma, Colorado and Oklahoma State round out the top 10.

Penn State would be 11-2.

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