Cincinnati cracks top 4, Ohio State jumps to No. 2 in College Football Playoff rankings

After a month of knocking on the door, Cincinnati is finally in the top four of the College Football Playoff rankings. The Bearcats are No. 4 in the selection committee’s fourth batch of weekly rankings, moving up one spot after Oregon was blown out by Utah this past Saturday.

This marks the first time that a Group of 5 program has appeared in the committee’s top four at any point of the season in the eight-year history of the Playoff.

“We’ve had a lot of respect for Cincinnati all year,” Gary Barta, the chair of the College Football Playoff committee said Tuesday night. “We’ve certainly talked about their strength of schedule. This win against SMU, when we were looking at the way they played offensively and defensively, they came in at No. 4.”

Ohio State jumped up two spots to No. 2 after its 56-7 win over previously No. 7 Michigan State, with Alabama dropping to No. 3. The Buckeyes travel Saturday to Michigan, which moved up one spot to No. 5. Georgia, the only unbeaten Power 5 team in the country, remained No. 1 for the fourth straight week.

Notre Dame jumped up two spots to No. 6, followed by Oklahoma State at No. 7 and Baylor at No. 8.

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