Ohio State’s College Football Playoff road: Win and you’re still in – Landof10.com

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Nothing has changed at Ohio State.

All the Buckeyes have to do is just keep winning, which they already knew even before the selection committee gave them a new No. 6 to put in front of their name when the College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled Tuesday.

Even if for some reason the voters in that room down in Texas had been so impressed with the unforgettable comeback Saturday against Penn State to put the Buckeyes in the top spot, it wouldn’t have made any difference. This isn’t meant to write off the entire enterprise or the value of seeing what the committee is thinking, it’s just the truth for Ohio State.

Whether it was in one of those coveted four spots heading into November, just knocking on the door or even way back at No. 16 like it was in 2014 before storming down the stretch and winning a national championship, Ohio State has known since Week 2 that its margin for error was gone. And it’s known since 817 Y-Seam Look Back connected and the defense finished off one last stand against the Nittany Lions that it was squarely in position to win the Big Ten East Division and make a run back to the College Football Playoff.

So, there’s no reason to really worry that much about the actual number. Yes, it might seem on first glance to be a problem given the teams ahead of the Buckeyes. But if they continue this roll, there’s no way that a 1-loss champion from the rugged Big Ten is going to miss the playoff. It simply won’t happen.

It is interesting, though, to evaluate how the committee is sizing up Oklahoma thanks to that early-season loss. Each team has just the one defeat on the resume and could each claim a conference championship in December, and with the Sooners owning a head-to-head victory in the Horseshoe, that could come into play in the final bracket.

There’s also something to be learned about the way Notre Dame and Clemson are looking, particularly when it comes to best wins or worst losses. The Buckeyes couldn’t be in much better shape in that regard, having just knocked off a team that the committee slotted at No. 7 and only lost to one at No. 5.

And when it comes to the eye test, how could Urban Meyer’s team not pass with flying colors after dominating five consecutive opponents and then putting its full potential on display in the fourth quarter against the Nittany Lions?

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Ohio State’s win over Penn State put it in control of the Big Ten’s East Division. (Jeremy Birmingham/Land of 10)

All of that factored in some way into the initial rankings, of course. But, ultimately, it won’t make any difference for the Buckeyes.

There is no chance Meyer will use it as motivation. No program knows any better than the Buckeyes how much those rankings can change by the end of the season. There is still a lot of football left to be played around the country. And the Buckeyes didn’t need a new poll to tell them they have to keep piling up victories.

Sure, the committee has spoken for the first time, and the Buckeyes are officially No. 6.

But nothing has changed for Ohio State.

College Football Playoff rankings: Top 25 teams for Week 10

25. Washington State

24. Michigan State

23. Memphis

22. Arizona

21. Stanford

20. N.C. State

19. LSU

18. UCF

17. USC

16. Mississippi State

15. Iowa State

14. Auburn

13. Virginia Tech

12. Washington

11. Oklahoma State

10. Miami

9. Wisconsin

8. TCU

7. Penn State

6. Ohio State

5. Oklahoma

4. Clemson

3. Notre Dame

2. Alabama

1. Georgia

Ohio State’s College Football Playoff road: Win and you’re still in – Landof10.com

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