So much for that TCU, Baylor controversy.
Now it’s a controversy between and TCU, Baylor and Ohio State.
Alabama is No. 1 in the newest College Football Playoff rankings released Sunday afternoon, but the real news came from Ohio State jumping from No. 5 to fourth and knocking TCU from third to No. 6, behind even Baylor.
Ohio State moved into the top four on the basis of its 59-0 victory over Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship game.
“Ohio State proved they are a complete team,” committee chairman Jeff Long said. “It was decisive that Ohio State move into that fourth spot. … It was really about Ohio State and not about TCU. Ohio State’s performance in a 13th game gave them a quality win against a highly ranked team and gave them a chance to move into that fourth spot.”
So that sets the CFP field:
Sugar Bowl: No. 1 Alabama vs. No. 4 Ohio State, 8:30 p.m. Jan. 1
Rose Bowl: No. 2 Oregon vs. No. 3 Florida State, 4:30 p.m. Jan. 1
The winners will play in the national championship on Jan. 12 in Arlington, Texas.
That also sets up Ohio State for more potential failure against the SEC in a bowl game.