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What is more important to Ohio State fans: The Game or the College Football Playoff?

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football fans cannot imagine a season that does not end with The Game against Michigan.

They also don’t want to consider the consequences of a season without a trip to the College Football Playoff.

The coronavirus pandemic remains a threat to both. The Buckeyes’ own COVID-19 outbreak appears to be under control enough for Ohio State to return to the field on Saturday. But Michigan is on pause due to its own increase in cases, and much remains uncertain about the closing weeks of the season.

Could the Big Ten change its minimum games requirement for playing in the league championship game? Would it consider altering its schedule next week to ensure Ohio State another game if the Wolverines need to cancel? What about reconsidering the amount of times players who tested positive must remain out of competition?

We delved into all of those questions

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College Football Playoff rankings: Ohio State still No. 4 in after cancellation; USC drops to No. 20

Ohio State held on to the fourth spot in the College Football Playoff rankings on Tuesday night after having its previous game canceled, landing behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson for a second straight week.

The selection committee’s top seven teams were unchanged from last week’s rankings after the playoff contenders either won comfortably or didn’t play because of COVID-19 issues.

Texas A&M (6-1) was in fifth and Florida (7-1) sixth.

Ohio State (4-0) had to cancel its game at Illinois last week because of a spike in COVID-19 cases in the program. It was the second game of the season the Buckeyes have missed out on. One more cancellation would leave them ineligible for the Big Ten championship game and unable to play more than six regular-season games.

No. 7 Cincinnati (8-0) also had its last game canceled. The Bearcats are next scheduled

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Is Michigan really gearing up to take a dive so Ohio State can’t make the College Football Playoff? | This is the Loop

Something fishy is brewing over in the Big Ten. On Tuesday night, during ESPN’s weekly College Football Playoff rankings show, former Ohio State Buckeyes signal caller Kirk Herbstreit casually floated this little theory mid-conversation . . .

Nothing in the world of COVID and college football is casual, however, and soon the statement spread like wildfire. Herbie, being the pro’s pro that he is, quickly took to Twitter to douse the flames, but the seed was planted.

Then Wednesday afternoon, right on schedule, Michigan announced it would be pausing football activities due to COVID-19 “concerns” ahead of Saturday’s game against Maryland. Suddenly Herbie’s words came rushing back. Does he know something we don’t? Michigan wouldn’t really . . . would they?

What we’re talking about here would be unprecedented. Taking a dive. Throwing the game. Waving the white flag. The Buckeyes, who have already had games against Maryland and Illinois

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Texas A&M’s road to the College Football Playoff is all about Notre Dame and white flags

DALLAS — There are two potential paths for Texas A&M to climb into the College Football Playoff, and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit presented both of them Tuesday, even if he never stated it that way and was forced to apologize for one possibility after the show.



Jimbo Fisher wearing a uniform: Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher disputes a call during a game against Alabama on October 12, 2019, at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.


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Texas A&M head coach Jimbo Fisher disputes a call during a game against Alabama on October 12, 2019, at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.

This, of course, is assuming the Aggies’ offense gets back up to speed after a 2-for-16 third-down conversion performance in an uninspired 20-7 win over one-time nemesis LSU on Saturday. Playing better against Auburn, Tennessee and Ole Miss is presumably coach Jimbo Fisher’s first order of business.

But the Aggies were ranked fifth by the committee a week ago, and they were fifth again Tuesday, and it seems entirely possible they will still be sitting

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Florida Gators Remain No. 6 in College Football Playoff Rankings

For the second week in a row, the Florida Gators are ranked at No. 6 in the College Football Playoff rankings. The top seven teams did not move in the second installment of the 2020 rankings.

Below, you can find the top 25 in its entirety.

1, Alabama (8-0)

2. Notre Dame (9-0)

3. Clemson (8-1)

4. Ohio State (4-0)

5. Texas A&M (6-1)

6. Florida (7-1)

7. Cincinnati (8-0)

8. Georgia (6-2)

9. Iowa State (7-2)

10 Miami (7-1)

11. Oklahoma (6-2)

12. Indiana (5-1)

13. Brigham Young (9-0)

14. Northwestern (5-1)

15. Oklahoma State (6-2)

16. Wisconsin (2-1)

17. North Carolina (6-3)

18. Coastal Carolina (9-0)

19. Iowa (4-2)

20. Southern California (3-0)

21. Marshall (7-0)

22. Washington (3-0)

23. Oregon (3-1)

24. Tulsa (5-1)

25. Louisiana-Lafayette (8-1)

In total, four teams can be found from the SEC within the top 25, in fact, within the top 10:

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College Football Playoff rankings: Who are the top four teams in the second CFP poll of 2020?

The second set of College Football Playoff rankings were revealed Tuesday.

The top four teams in the first set of rankings were Alabama, Notre Dame, Clemson and Ohio State. The Tigers are the only team with one loss among that group, but the entire top seven teams remained unchanged from the initial rankings on Nov. 25.

The College Football Playoff rankings will be released each Tuesday leading up to conference championship weekend, and the final rankings will be unveiled on Dec. 20.

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.

With that, the second set of College Football Playoff rankings:

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Winners and losers from the second College Football Playoff rankings

As expected, the second College Football Playoff rankings of the 2020 season saw no changes at the top.

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No. 1 Alabama’s path to the national semifinals is easy. The Crimson Tide are a lock to enter the playoff as the top seed by winning out, and have even positioned themselves to lose once and still have a very strong case for the top four.

No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 3 Clemson will very likely meet again in the ACC championship game. Even with a loss to Clemson later this month, the Irish are in solid shape to reach the semifinals. A blowout win by Notre Dame in the rematch would make things dicey for the Tigers, however.

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Alabama remains atop latest College Football Playoff rankings

Dec. 1 (UPI) — The Alabama Crimson Tide again topped the College Football Playoff rankings as the top seven teams remained unchanged Tuesday night.

Alabama sat atop the CFP rankings for the 20th time — the most since the format was introduced for the 2014 season — after a dominant win over Auburn on Saturday. Notre Dame (No. 2), Clemson (No. 3) and Ohio State (No. 4) also occupied the same spots as last week.

Ohio State remained at No. 4 despite the cancellation of the Buckeyes’ game against Illinois on Saturday. The matchup was called off due to an increase in COVID-19 cases within the Buckeyes’ program, which included head coach Ryan Day testing positive.

Despite only playing four games this season, Ohio State was ranked ahead of one-loss Texas A&M (No. 5) and one-loss Florida (No. 6).

Selection committee chairman Gary Barta said the group discussed whether to

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Ohio State football holds No. 4 spot in College Football Playoff rankings despite missing another game

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State football’s inability to play at Illinois last week due to an increase in coronavirus cases did not affect the Buckeyes’ College Football Playoff standing.

Ohio State remained No. 4 in Tuesday’s rankings reveal — the same spot it held in last week’s first reveal for 2020. Alabama, Notre Dame and Clemson remained 1-3.

No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 6 Florida rounded out the top six, which did not change from the first rankings reveal.

Cincinnati remained No. 7. Two-loss Georgia moved up to No. 8, taking the place of Northwestern, which suffered its first loss.

Ohio State has played only four games compared to seven, eight or nine for teams from most other conferences. The Buckeyes have one quality victory over Indiana — which held at No. 12 — and three wins over teams with a combined record of 4-13.

Oho State resumed team

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Alabama Remains No. 1 in College Football Playoff Rankings

To no surprise, the University of Alabama remained at No. 1 in the second College Football Playoff Rankings that were released on Tuesday night. 

The Crimson Tide is coming off of a 42-13 drumming of Auburn and currently the top team in the sport in the Coaches Poll and Associated Press Top 25. 

After Alabama, the committee didn’t make any changes to the top teams as Notre Dame, Clemson, and Ohio State round out the top four. 

The Buckeyes had its game with Illinois canceled due to COVID-19 and is one more cancellation away from not being eligible for the Big Ten Championship. 

Texas A&M and Florida are the first two teams out at No. 5 and No. 6, respectively. 

Georgia is the only other Southeastern Conference team in the rankings at No. 8. 

As a whole, the team that made the biggest jump was Iowa State, who

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