The Buckeyes were blown out by unranked Purdue on October 20, didn't look great in the next three games and were underdogs entering the regular-season finale against No. 4 MI and the nation's best defence. Because this could all come down to what happens in the SEC championship between No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Georgia.
The fourth and final spot of the College Football Playoffs always will be hotly debated and it is turning out to be true again in 2018.
"Ohio State, impressive win over MI".
OU gets the bump courtesy of MI getting thumped 62-39 against Ohio State, moving the Buckeyes to No. 6.
"I think we definitely showed the country the Ohio State Buckeyes are still here", offensive tackle Isaiah Prince said.
Fellow analyst Kirk Herbstreit also had an interesting take on Michigan's positioning.
Playoff chairman Rob Mullens said Milton's injury was discussed among the committee members.
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It should be noted the same requirement doesn't apply to the Power 5, where teams that don't win the conference championship can make the playoff. Even so, UCF is still favored to beat Memphis this weekend. Certainly their most complete game. Texas jumped two spots in each poll from No. 11 to No. 9.
It wasn't enough to move ahead of a team that lost by 23 points in a game it was favored to win.
This is the fifth of the six weekly rankings released by the 13-member selection committee, with the final standings to be revealed on December 2. "This is a game that's got years and miles behind". MI was ranked No. 4 in the AP Top 25 and holding onto one of the top spots in the College Football Playoff.
UCF earned the spot last season, beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl.
Depending on whether Oklahoma reaches the playoff, the Camping World Bowl in Orlando and the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio loom as the most likely postseason destinations for the Mountaineers.
The Wolverines were two victories away from their first conference championship since 2004 and a trip to the College Football Playoff, facing an underdog Ohio State team that has looked discombobulated on defense and one-dimensional on offense for much of the season.
The selection committee is composed of chairman Rob Mullens, Frank Beamer, Paola Boivin, Jeff Bower, Joe Castiglione, Herb Deromedi, Ken Hatfield, Chris Howard, Bobby Johnson, Ronnie Lott, Gene Smith, Todd Stansbury and Scott Stricklin.