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

Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant scrambles from the pocket against South Carolina linebacker T.J. Brunson during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday Nov. 25 2017 in Columbia S.C. Clemson defeated South Carolina 34-10. Phot

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If Alabama joins the SEC champion in the playoff, it would mark the first time one conference puts two teams in the field.

As the College Football Playoffs draw ever closer, there might not be a team in the nation playing better than the Oklahoma Sooners.

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According to the most recent Fivethirtyeight.com prediction model, of the 10 teams that still have a chance of making the final four, TCU now has the ninth best chance at 6 percent. Its last set of rankings will follow on Sunday, with the top four teams at that point reaching the playoff.

Last week's group saw Alabama on top with the ACC well represented at the No. 2 and 3 spots with Miami and Clemson and Oklahoma rounding out the group at that point. In this scenario, Dinich says the final spot would come down to the Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes.

Although the Buckeyes enter the Big Ten Championship as a more tested contender than Wisconsin with victories over two Top 15 teams, they aren't a lock to take home hardware from Indianapolis given how well the Badgers have played.

If Auburn beats Georgia and Wisconsin beats Ohio State, the highest-ranked non-playoff team from those conferences would probably be two-loss Georgia or one-loss Alabama instead of three-loss Ohio State or two-loss Penn State. Its detractors would use its two losses against it and throw Alabama into the mix as a more deserving team. Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia also have a chance to break into the Top 4.

If the scenario arises that the Buckeyes win the Big Ten, there's an argument for and against Urban Meyer's team. And Miami, which ascended to No. 2 in the committee's rankings last week, will fall after losing at Pittsburgh. If certain results occur, the committee could be comparing Ohio State and Oklahoma's resumes.

Ohio State's resume would have better wins, but a worse loss.

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