College Football Playoff Rankings: What’s at stake for Ohio State, Michigan?

Former Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith is aware of what’s at stake for his Buckeyes within the newest version of school soccer’s most well-known rivalry.

“I mean, it’s everything,” Smith stated of “The Game” between Ohio State and Michigan. “The emotion runs deep. Tensions run high. Special players come out in special games, and it’ll create a buzz for you for the rest of your life.”

Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith on ‘The Recreation’

Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith on 'The Game'

RJ Younger talks with former Ohio State QB Troy Smith about Saturday’s huge matchup, C.J. Stroud’s Heisman probabilities, and extra.

And whereas Smith hasn’t strapped on a Buckeyes helmet because the 2006 season — earlier than the College Football Playoff period — he understands the pressures of 2022 higher than most. In spite of everything, he performed in “The Game” the final time each groups entered it unbeaten, and he additionally did it whereas feeling the warmth of Heisman Trophy competition.

Ohio State’s present quarterback C.J. Stroud faces that form of strain, and Smith is rooting for him to win all of the crew and particular person honors that he can.

“I want him to be the eighth one,” Smith advised me, referencing the seven earlier Heisman Trophies on show on the Woody Hayes Athletic Middle. “I want him to go on ahead and bring home another Heisman Trophy. Hopefully, we’ll be slapping fives with him on the stage. You know what I mean, in New York.”

As for the CFP, the most recent rankings revealed on Tuesday had the Buckeyes holding regular at No. 2, and the Wolverines at entrenched at No. 3. That is the primary time CFP period that these groups have been ranked that top, and the primary time since Smith’s look in 2006.

Week 13 College Football Playoff Rankings

Week 13 College Football Playoff Rankings

RJ Younger reacts to the most recent CFP rankings, together with two-loss LSU transferring to No. 5 and 10-1 USC transferring to No. 6.

What’s at stake? The Buckeyes are taking part in not only for the Huge Ten East division title and a spot within the Huge Ten Championship, however for CFP functions, they’re taking part in for among the best wins of the season.

Presently, No. 1-ranked Georgia holds one of the best victory of this marketing campaign, a 27-13 win over former No. 1-ranked Tennessee that on the time was the Volunteers’ first lack of their season.

Whereas the Michigan-Ohio State winner could be a shoo-in for an invite to the CFP, an in depth sport doesn’t disqualify the loser. With necessary video games all around the ultimate weekend of the season and convention championships being performed within the subsequent, there’s an opportunity for the 2 greatest Huge Ten groups to make the CFP.

If No. 5 LSU is buried by Georgia, that might assist the Buckeyes even when they lose to the Wolverines for the second season in a row. It might additionally assist if No. 6 USC loses to No. 15 Notre Dame. In spite of everything, the Irish would have wins over USC and the ACC champ — whether or not that seems to be No. 8 Clemson or No. 17 North Carolina — and do not forget that Ohio State beat ND this season.

CFP Rankings response: Tennessee falls to No. 10

CFP Rankings reaction: Tennessee falls to No. 10

RJ Younger examines the CFP committee’s determination to drop the Tennessee Volunteers to No. 10 within the newest rankings.

Neither the Buckeyes nor the Wolverines will wish to entertain that, although. Even now they’re utilizing each potential second to organize to win this weekend.

The Wolverines need to show final 12 months’s dominating victory was no fluke, and that their days of being brutalized by the Buckeye are over. And let’s not neglect that former Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis known as OSU “a finesse team; not a tough team.”

“To be honest,” OSU tight finish Cade Stover stated on Tuesday. “I really don’t give a s— what anybody else says about our toughness. We know what we’ve got.”

So that is what’s at stake when Ohio State and Michigan meet on Saturday (Midday ET on FOX and the FOX Sports activities app): Bragging rights, an undefeated season, a assured spot within the CFP, and for Stroud, a possible Heisman Trophy.

All of it hearkens again to 2006, the final time “The Game” carried this a lot weight, a weight Smith is aware of very nicely.

“I remember that day vividly,” Smith stated. “It’s a part of OSU history, and I am incredibly grateful to be there.”

Listed here are final week’s College Football Playoff rankings, with up to date data and whether or not every crew received or misplaced final week:

1. Georgia (11-0)
2. Ohio State (11-0)
3. Michigan (11-0)
4. TCU (11-0)
5. LSU (9-2)
6. USC (10-1)
7. Alabama (9-2)
8. Clemson (10-1)
9. Oregon (9-2)
10. Tennessee (9-2)
11. Penn State (9-2)
12. Kansas State (8-3)
13. Washington (9-2)
14. Utah (8-3)
15. Notre Dame (8-3)
16. Florida State (8-3)
17. North Carolina (9-2)
18. UCLA (8-3)
19. Tulane (9-2)
20. Ole Miss (8-3)
21. Oregon State (8-3)
22. UCF (8-3)
23. Texas (7-4)
24. Cincinnati (9-2)
25. Louisville (7-4)

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RJ Younger is a nationwide faculty soccer author and analyst for FOX Sports activities and the host of the podcast “The Number One College Football Show.” Observe him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.

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