LSU Passes Ohio State for No. 1 in Playoff Rankings
The significance of LSU's five-point victory at Alabama trumped the impact of Ohio State's 59-point victory over Maryland with the College Football Playoff Committee, which elevated the Tigers to No. 1 over OSU in their second set of rankings.
Despite that 73-14 win Saturday in Ohio Stadium, the Buckeyes fell from first to second in the Week 2 rendering by the 13 people who will determine the four participants in the playoff for college football's national championship.
It is the first time the No. 1 team in the Playoff rankings dropped out of the top spot without losing.
LSU trailed OSU in the second spot when the rankings debuted last week, but used former Buckeye quarterback Joe Burrow's 393 passing yards and three touchdown passes to defeat Alabama, 46-41, in Tuscaloosa.
That gives LSU (9-0) victories over four Top Ten opponents at the time of kickoff this season -- Texas, Florida, Auburn and Alabama.
OSU (9-0), which plays at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Rutgers, has defeated two teams ranked at kickoff, No. 25 Michigan State and No. 13 Wisconsin.
Defending national champion Clemson (10-0) moved from No. 5 to No. 3 in this week's rankings, passing Alabama and previously-No. 4 Penn State, which lost at Minnesota, 31-26.
That win dropped Penn State to No. 9 and elevated Minnesota from No. 17 last week to No. 8.
The Top Ten in the Week 2 rankings are:
1. LSU (9-0)
2. Ohio State (9-0)
3. Clemson (10-0)
4. Georgia (8-1)
5. Alabama (8-1)
6. Oregon (8-1)
7. Utah (8-1)
8. Minnesota (9-0)
9. Penn State (8-1)
10. Oklahoma (8-1)
Ohio State plays two opponents in No. 9 Penn State and No. 15 Michigan to end the regular season, and either No. 8 Minnesota, No. 14 Wisconsin or No. 20 Iowa in the Big Ten Championship game.
LSU does not play an opponent ranked in the Playoff Top 25 over the final three weeks of the regular season. The Tigers have Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas A&M, but will play either No. 4 Georgia or No. 11 Florida in the SEC Championship game.
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