College Football Playoff: Ohio State No. 2 in second rankings release

Ohio State football ranked No. 2 in the second release of the College Football Playoff rankings.

Tuesday night the Buckeyes remained in the same spot for a second consecutive week after beating Northwestern 21-7.

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Georgia is No. 1 this week after soundly beating Tennessee, last week’s top team.

CFP chair Boo Corrigan told reporters on a conference call after the rankings were released that Ohio State was considered for the top spot.

“But I think as we got more into it, the decisive win by Georgia over Tennessee was the primary reason,” Corrigan said. “Again, you’re looking at Ohio State and the balanced scoring offense and defense both being in the top 10, averaging 47 points a game. Really good team.”

Michigan is third this week after being ranked fifth in the opening rankings, and the TCU also entered the top four this week after being seventh the first time around.

Corrigan said the main difference the committee sees between Ohio State and Michigan is the Wolverines’ weaker schedule.

“Obviously they both have the win over Penn State, but Ohio State has that win over Notre Dame,” Corrigan said. “Both have top 10 scoring offenses, top 10 scoring defenses, and we’re going to continue to evaluate it as we move forward.

“If anything, that nonconference schedule from Michigan has been a factor.”

Tennessee is fifth this week followed by Oregon and LSU at six and seven, respectively.

USC is No. 8 while Alabama and Clemson, upset losers last week, checked in ninth and 10th this week.

The Crimson Tide or Tigers have been in every top six in the history of the CFP rankings according to Ralph D. Russo of The Associated Press.

Ohio State has a pair of wins over ranked foes -- No. 14 Penn State and No. 20 Notre Dame.

The Fighting Irish were not ranked the first week but got the committee’s attention by thrashing Clemson.

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