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College Football Playoff Nightmare: Big Ten on the outside looking in

Not even a win over Penn State could lift Ohio State into the Top 4 of the first CFP rankings.

NCAA Football: Penn State at Ohio State Joe Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

So... Uh... That's not ideal.

Per CBS Sports:

  1. Georgia (8-0)
  2. Alabama (8-0)
  3. Notre Dame (7-1)
  4. Clemson (7-1)
  5. Oklahoma (7-1)
  6. Ohio State (7-1)
  7. Penn State (7-1)
  8. TCU (7-1)
  9. Wisconsin (8-0)
  10. Miami (7-0)
  11. Oklahoma State (7-1)
  12. Washington (7-1)
  13. Virginia Tech (7-1)
  14. Auburn (6-2)
  15. Iowa State (6-2)
  16. Mississippi State (6-2)
  17. USC (7-2)
  18. UCF (7-0)
  19. LSU (6-2)
  20. NC State (6-2)
  21. Stanford (6-2)
  22. Arizona (6-2)
  23. Memphis (7-1)
  24. Michigan State (6-2)
  25. Washington State (7-2)

Start hoping Notre Dame or Clemson lose, because this doesn't bode well for the Big Ten getting around Georgia and Alabama.

On the other hand, maybe beating an undefeated wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship will be enough for either of the best in the East. But this...was not an ideal start.