The penultimate 2016 College Football Playoff Rankings were released Tuesday night with reverberations for the top 25 teams in the nation following Ohio State's come-from-behind, double-overtime win against Michigan on Saturday.
Though the Wolverines only fell two spots to No. 5, they are in position to potentially be passed by either new No. 6 Wisconsin or No. 7 Penn State, which will go head-to-head in the Big Ten title game on Saturday night. The Buckeyes appear locked in to the top four at this time, though conference title game wins by Clemson (ACC) on Saturday and/or Washington (Pac-12) on Friday could change the order of the top four.
Should the Tigers or Huskies lose their respective games, the door would then open for a second Big Ten team to get in, be it the Wolverines, Badgers or Nittany Lions.
Appearing to be on the outside looking in are No. 8 Colorado, No. 9 Oklahoma and No. 10 Oklahoma State. The two Big 12 teams are ranked far too low to make a big enough jump following their de facto conference title game on Saturday.