Yet one other staff has fallen out of College Football Playoff competition — and Ohio State could not be happier about it.
Mere hours after the Buckeyes demolished Michigan State 56-7, Oregon — the one staff that may declare a head-to-head victory over Ryan Day and Co. — suffered its second defeat of the season, a 38-7 loss at No. 23 Utah.
With the troublesome Ducks out of the way in which, Ohio State now could be in full management of its future (although you may argue the Buckeyes claimed that capacity following their win over the Spartans). If Ohio State beats Michigan and wins the Big Ten championship sport per week later, it is within the playoff. No more worrying about that Week 2 loss to Oregon.
Ohio State is not the one staff that was joyful about Oregon’s loss, both. Sporting News breaks down who can most profit from their loss at Utah:
Rankings replicate Week 12 College Football Playoff top 25
Previous rank: 2
Alabama wasn’t dominant in a 42-35 win over No. 21 Arkansas, however did sufficient to stay in playoff competition for one other week. The Crimson Tide have to win out from right here to get within the playoff, beating Auburn in Week 13 and turning round to play Georgia within the SEC championship sport. Alabama might drop a spot to No. 3 contemplating how nice Ohio State regarded on Saturday, however that in the end will not matter, because the convention title sport will decide whether or not it will get within the playoff.
Here’s one thing to take into account: With Oregon’s loss, it units up the potential for a two-loss Alabama to sneak into the playoff as a 4-seed. The Crimson Tide need assistance for that to occur, reminiscent of each Oklahoma groups shedding one more sport. If it got here down to it, would the choice committee dare to put Nick Saban and Co. within the playoff over an undefeated Cincinnati staff?
Ohio State (10-1)
Previous rank: 4
Ohio State not has to cope with Oregon’s looming shadow. With the Ducks’ loss on Saturday, Ohio State is now utterly in charge of its future for the playoff. The identical can be true of the Buckeyes’ Big Ten title aspirations, although that was already the case. As for rankings, they’ll undoubtedly transfer up one spot. They might additionally transfer up leap Alabama to usurp its No. 2 rating, contemplating the disparity in how these groups performed in Week 12.
Previous rank: 5
The Bearcats ought to be joyful to see Oregon out of the way in which — one much less staff for them to cope with within the ultimate playoff push. They laid it on thick towards unranked SMU on Saturday, beating them 48-14 on senior day. That might have been an try to win some fashion factors with the committee, however solely time will inform whether or not they give Cincinnati some respect within the newest set of rankings. If the Bearcats rank No. 4 within the newest rankings, there is a good likelihood they’ll truly compete for a playoff berth. If the committee strikes Michigan up over Cincinnati, that may very well be an early signal they’re going to strive to go away the Bearcats out.
Previous rank: 6
Oregon’s loss will not have an excessive amount of bearing on Michigan. Like Ohio State, it controls its personal future: A win over the Buckeyes and ensuing victory within the Big Ten championship sport would guarantee its entry into the playoff. For now, Michigan will benefit from the rankings bump and transfer to No. 5 — or No. 4 — within the subsequent set of rankings. The Wolverines did not look forward to “The Game” subsequent week, placing on a clinic towards Maryland in a 59-18 win.
The Wolverines are in a lot the identical boat as Alabama. Win out, and you are in. Lose, and you are out. Pretty easy stuff.
Notre Dame (10-1)
Previous rank: 8
The Fighting Irish are nonetheless quietly caring for enterprise on the perimeter of the playoff dialogue, and ought to transfer up two spots to turn into the second staff out of the playoff following Michigan State and Oregon’s loss. That mentioned, the Fighting Irish nonetheless want so much to occur if they need to get within the playoff. To that finish, they’re going to root for an Alabama loss within the SEC championship sport; Michigan vs. Ohio State will care for one other staff. But that loss to Cincinnati nonetheless looms massive, creating the query: Does Notre Dame need Cincy to win out (making the loss look higher) or lose, doubtlessly damaging its resume however liberating up one other spot in entrance of it?
Oklahoma State (9-1)
Previous rank: 9
The Cowboys blanked Texas Tech 23-0, setting them up to transfer to No. 7 within the newest polls. That will set them up to tackle Oklahoma in a battle of one-loss groups in Bedlam. Oklahoma State has clinched a spot already within the Big 12 championship sport; if Baylor wins subsequent week vs. Texas Tech, then the Bears could be the Cowboys’ opponent within the convention championship sport if OSU wins Bedlam. Would a win over two top-15 groups in consecutive weeks be sufficient to sway the committee to favor Oklahoma State? It’s definitely attainable, although the Big 12 hasn’t precisely been extremely considered so far within the season.
Oklahoma State would nonetheless like some insurance coverage for a possible playoff berth. They received that with Oregon’s loss, however may even root for Georgia to remove Alabama within the SEC championship. How would Oklahoma State stack up to an undefeated Cincinnati staff?
Previous rank: 3
The Ducks’ season is over so far as the playoff is anxious. No two-loss staff has made the playoff in its eight-year historical past, and the Ducks will not be the primary to reverse that individual historic development. The excellent news is that Oregon can get one other shot at Utah within the Pac-12 championship sport: The Utes secured their bid with the win on Saturday. The Ducks want solely to beat Oregon State subsequent week to get an opportunity at revenge and the Pac-12 championship.
Rankings-wise, Oregon’s loss was dangerous sufficient that it ought to fall a number of spots (bear in mind, the Utes jumped out to a commanding 28-0 lead at halftime). It’s possible the Ducks fall behind Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Baylor within the newest rankings, although they need to nonetheless stay among the many high 15 groups.