Ohio State leaped LSU as the No. 1 team in this week’s edition of the College Football Playoff rankings after defeating Penn State on Saturday. The Buckeyes return to the top spot, where they debuted in the season’s first edition of the CFP rankings before dropping to No. 2 the past two weeks.
The rest of the top five remained unchanged, with No. 2 LSU followed by Clemson at No. 3, Georgia at No. 4 and Alabama rounding out the group. Oregon (9-2) fell from No. 6 to No. 14 after an upset loss at Arizona State on Saturday night. Utah moved up one into the No. 6 spot, followed by Oklahoma at 7, Minnesota at 8, Baylor at 9 and Penn State rounding out the top 10.
LSU, which was the top team in the past two rankings, dropped a spot by no fault of its own. The Tigers improved to 11-0 with an emphatic 56-20 win over Arkansas. But the committee determined that Ohio State’s 28-17 win over a Penn State team that was ranked No. 6 at the time, with a 9-1 record, was enough to bump the undefeated Buckeyes to the top spot.
The fifth and penultimate reveal of the CFP rankings is set for Dec. 3. The final rankings, which will reveal the New Year’s Six teams and set the field for the College Football Playoff, is Dec. 8.