Ohio State simply obtained a promotion.
The Buckeyes have formally unseated LSU because the No. 1 group within the nation this week, which implies if the No. 2 Tigers cannot reclaim that spot over the subsequent two video games, they’ll seemingly be going through No. Three Clemson in a Faculty Soccer Playoff semifinal.
Tigers vs. Tigers, anybody?
The transfer got here after Ohio State beat now-No. 10 Penn State 28-17 at dwelling on Saturday, incomes its third win in opposition to a CFP High 25 group this season. LSU, in the meantime, simply beat a 2-9 Arkansas group 56-20. The Buckeyes entered the Penn State recreation ranked No. 1 within the nation in scoring margin at 41.7 factors per recreation, however received by 11 factors on Saturday — their smallest margin of victory this season. It was a season-defining win that clinched the Huge Ten’s East division and assured the Buckeyes a spot within the Huge Ten championship recreation.
Ohio State will face the winner of Saturday’s recreation between No. Eight Minnesota and No. 12 Wisconsin (3:30 p.m. ET, ABC), which has two losses. It is unlikely the highest two spots would change after Week 14, as Ohio State ends the common season in opposition to No. 13 Michigan in Ann Arbor, whereas LSU is at dwelling in opposition to an unranked Texas A&M group.
LSU can nonetheless end within the high spot, although, as it may punctuate its season with a win over the committee’s No. four group Georgia within the SEC championship recreation. That may be a greater win than something on Ohio State’s resume, however it’s solely a part of the ultimate dialogue.
No. four Georgia and No. 5 Alabama held onto their positions, however No. 6 Utah moved up and continues to be able to leaping into the highest 4 over the subsequent two rankings. If Utah beats Colorado on Saturday to clinch the Pac-12 South, it’s going to now face No. 14 Oregon, which sank eight spots after an terrible loss at Arizona State on Saturday. If the two-loss Geese win the Pac-12, it might seemingly get rid of your complete convention. If Utah wins convincingly, although, it might have a shot at ending within the high 4.
At No. 18, Memphis continues to be main the Group of 5 race, simply forward of No. 19 Cincinnati, however the two face one another on Friday. At No. 24 is Virginia Tech, which lastly gave the ACC a second ranked group to assist decide the Capital One Orange Bowl.
This is what the bracket would appear to be if the playoff had been right this moment:
No. 1 Ohio State would face No. four Georgia within the Faculty Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl. The choice committee makes positive the No. 1 seed will not be at a geographic drawback, which it might be if it confronted Georgia in close by Atlanta, so No. 2 LSU will face No. Three Clemson within the Faculty Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl.
As a result of the Huge Ten champion, on this case Ohio State, is in a semifinal, the league’s next-highest ranked group, No. Eight Minnesota, would then go to the Rose Bowl Recreation Introduced by Northwestern Mutual, the place it might face No. 6 Utah, as a result of the Rose Bowl can be assured the Pac-12 champion if it isn’t in a semifinal.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl, which is assured an SEC group in opposition to a Huge 12 group, would take No. 5 Alabama in opposition to No. 7 Oklahoma, as they’re each the highest-ranked groups out there from every convention.
The Capital One Orange Bowl is assured the ACC champion, however since No. Three Clemson is in a semifinal, it might take the subsequent highest-ranked ACC group, which is No. 24 Virginia Tech. The Orange Bowl can select the ACC’s opponent from the Huge Ten, SEC or Notre Dame, and No. 10 Penn State is the highest-available possibility.
The Goodyear Cotton Bowl Traditional would characteristic No. 9 Baylor in opposition to No. 18 Memphis, which is assured a spot because the highest-ranked Group of 5 champion.
(All video games may be seen on ESPN and the ESPN App)
Saturday, Dec. 28
Midday ET: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Traditional: No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 18 Memphis (AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas)
four or Eight p.m. ET: Faculty Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl: No. 2 LSU vs. No. Three Clemson (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta)
four or Eight p.m. ET: Faculty Soccer Playoff Semifinal on the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl: No. 1 Ohio State vs. No. four Georgia (State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona)
Monday, Dec. 30
Eight p.m. ET: Capital One Orange Bowl: No. 10 Penn State vs. No. 24 Virginia Tech (Arduous Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida)
Wednesday, Jan. 1
5 p.m. ET: Rose Bowl Recreation offered by Northwestern Mutual: No. 6 Utah vs. No. Eight Minnesota (Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California)
8:45 p.m. ET: Allstate Sugar Bowl: No. 5 Alabama vs. No. 7 Oklahoma (Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans)