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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — The first College Football Playoff rankings have been revealed and the Buckeyes are in the coveted top-four places to start.

Ohio State (8-0, 5-0) was ranked No. 2 in the first College Football Playoff poll alongside Clemson (No. 4), Georgia (No. 3), and Tennessee (No. 1) in the playoff positions. No. 5 Michigan and No. 6 Alabama are considered the first two teams out of the Playoff by the committee.

At the end of the season, the top four teams in the CFP rankings advance to the Playoff for a chance to win the national championship. The semifinals are set to be played on New Year’s Eve in Glendale for the Fiesta Bowl and in Atlanta for the Peach Bowl. SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles will host the 2023 College Football Playoff National Championship game on Jan. 9, 2023.

These rankings will likely see a significant shuffle next Tuesday as No. 3 Georgia and No. 1 Tennessee play each other on Saturday in Athens, Georgia, in a highly anticipated matchup.

The Buckeyes are coming off a 44-31 win over Penn State to extend its unbeaten record heading into the final month of the regular season. OSU plays Northwestern on Saturday in Evanston at noon as they look to improve its record to 9-0.

College Football Playoff Rankings (NOV. 1, 2022)

1Tennessee
2Ohio State
3Georgia
4Clemson
5Michigan
6Alabama
7TCU
8Oregon
9Southern California
10LSU
11Mississippi
12UCLA
13Kansas State
14Utah
15Penn State
16Illinois
17North Carolina
18Oklahoma State
19Tulane
20Syracuse
21Wake Forest
22NC State
23Oregon State
24Texas
25UCF