OSU: Which Spot In The Playoffs Would They Be In Right Now?

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Jan 12, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; College Football Playoff executive director Bill Hancock hands the trophy to Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer as his wife Shelley Meyer (middle) looks on after the 2015 CFP National Championship Game against the Oregon Ducks at AT&T Stadium. Ohio State defeated Oregon 42-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

A Wildcard For The Fourth Spot

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1) Baylor

There is no way Ohio State hangs onto the top spot forever. Baylor has been exceptional all season and should emerge from the Big 12 slate as the team that best passes the eye test. Baylor head coach Art Briles’ group looks on offense the way that the Buckeyes were supposed to. If they beat TCU, then the top spot is a sure thing.

2) Utah

If you have watched this defense play, then you understand why they sit at No.2 for me. They run the ball as well as anyone and have beaten some tough teams, including a Michigan team that has not allowed a point in three weeks. After forcing Cal QB Jared Goff into FIVE INTERCEPTIONS, the rest of the country should take notice.

3) Ohio State

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The defending champions slot at No.3, hampered by their slow start and issues on defense against the run. This spot is subject to change based solely on how they play against the state of Michigan. Can they beat the Spartans and Wolverines in consecutive weeks?

Can they do so convincingly enough to move out of this spot? I have faith, which is why they make the top four. Let’s hope the offensive efficiency we saw against Maryland continues as the Buckeyes will need it down the stretch.

4) Whoever wins the SEC West

The SEC is so bad this season that even the most die-hard SEC homers have to admit it is bad. Kentucky sits behind the Florida Gators in the east, but the Gators just lost their starting quarterback for using PEDs. It will be a three-horse race between LSU, Alabama, and Texas A&M, and I have absolutely no idea who emerges from that cluster.

Alabama has the Aggies this week and LSU host Texas A&M’s head coach Kevin Sumlin’s group later in the regular season. This will be whittled down to a two-horse race after this week, especially if A&M wins. As always, the SEC seems destined to get someone in, even if TCU might be the better team.

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