Published: Sun, November 25, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Oklahoma Sooners or Ohio State Buckeyes?

Oklahoma Sooners or Ohio State Buckeyes?

The rest of the playoff picture didn't change either as No. 2 Clemson, No. 3 Notre Dame and No. 4 MI kept their respective places following victories.

As expected, there was no movement at the top of the rankings.

It was arguably the first time this season that Ohio State even remotely resembled a top-four team.

The Sooners have made the College Football Playoff in two out of the last three seasons and were just one possession away from winning a playoff semifinal a year ago in a double-overtime loss to Georgia. They also were fortunate to beat eight-loss Nebraska, they won ugly at Michigan State, and the defense was like a sieve in a 52-51 overtime win at Maryland last week.

"While UCF may not have the depth or talent of Ohio State, right now UCF has the better all-around team", Playoff chair Rob Mullens said on ESPN when asked of the reason for the move. "We understand Ohio State has a quality road win over Penn State".

I'm sure you're at home wondering that with the final weekend of the season coming up what games you should watch this weekend and which games hold more weight than the others. Oklahoma's 97.1 offensive efficiency would be the highest in the 14-year history of the metric (edging last year's Sooners). They just need aggressive and fortuitous nonconference scheduling. The Panthers will play Clemson in the ACC Championship Game on December 1.

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The top-ranked conference champion from the Group of 5 leagues automatically earns a spot in one of the access bowl games.

UCF doesn't have those victories this season. Those two teams play Friday night in Morgantown.

The Panthers (7-4) are one of the keys that could help UCF pick the lock on the playoff.

MSU is 6-5 overall and 4-4 in the Big Ten and are bowl eligible for the 11th time in 12 seasons under Dantonio.

UCF needs all these teams to win their conference titles and Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference at 13-0.

If Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all win out, they should be in.

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