Buckeyes stay at No. 9 in playoff ranking

Ohio State plays Michigan in regular-season finale Saturday

The Ohio State Buckeyes will have to jump five teams in the next two weeks to land in the College Football Playoff for the third time in four seasons. In the fourth ranking released Tuesday, Ohio State (9-2) stayed at No. 9.

Alabama remains No. 1. Miami moved to No. 2. Clemson dropped from No. 2 to No. 3. Oklahoma stayed at No. 4. Just in front of Ohio State and outside the top four are: No. 5 Wisconsin, No. 6 Auburn, No. 7 Georgia and No. 8 Notre Dame.

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These are the games to watch this weekend for Ohio State fans hoping to see their team move up next week:

• Oklahoma (10-1) hosts West Virginia.

• Auburn (9-2) hosts Alabama (11-0).

• Miami (10-0) plays at Pittsburgh.

• Wisconsin (11-0) plays at Minnesota.

• Georgia (10-1) plays at Georgia Tech.

• Notre Dame (9-2) plays at No. 21 Stanford in its final regular-season game Saturday.

Ohio State ranked sixth in the first ranking, dropped to 13th after losing to Iowa and moved to ninth after beating Michigan State.

Ohio State plays Michigan at noon Saturday in Ann Arbor, Mich., and will get one more chance to beat a ranked team when it plays Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game a week later in Indianapolis.

The rest of the rankings included: No. 10 Penn State; No. 11 Southern California; No. 12 TCU; No. 13 Washington State; No. 14 Mississippi State; No. 15 Central Florida; No. 16 Michigan State; No. 17 Washington; No. 18 LSU; No. 19 Oklahoma State; No. 20 Memphis; No. 21 Stanford; No. 22 Northwestern; No. 23 Boise State; No. 24 South Carolina; and No. 25 Virginia Tech.

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