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College football standings: Ohio State, Michigan avoid upsets, set the stage for battle

College football standings: Ohio State, Michigan avoid upsets, set the stage for battle

Ohio State hosts Michigan on Saturday in what will serve as a play-in game for the Student football Playoffs.

Both programs will be 11-0 when they meet for the first time since 2006. The last time that happened was when the winner, the Buckeyes, played in the national title game and Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy.

Ohio State quarterback this season CJ Stroud and Michigan running back Blake’s Choir could win the award for the most dominant performance in “The Game”.

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1. Georgia (11-0)

Defeated Kentucky, 16-6

Georgia’s defense held the Wildcats scoreless for three quarters and hung on until the end as UK tried to run up the score. The Bulldogs are just one game away from meeting LSU in the SEC Championship as they continue their bid to defend their national title and complete their first undefeated season since 1980.

2. Ohio State (11-0)

Defeated Maryland, 43-30

Ohio State defensive end Zach Harrison sacked the Maryland quarterback Valuia Tagovailoa twice in the final seconds of the Buckeyes’ victory. His second sack led to a forced fumble by the linebacker Steele Chambers returned for a TD to create a 13-point margin of victory in a game OSU was coming off a losing streak.

If the Buckeyes hope to beat Michigan at Shu on Saturday, they’ll need to start fast and finish just as strong.

3. Michigan (11-0)

Defeated Illinois, 19-17

Without Heisman candidate Blake Corum for most of the second half, the Wolverines earned their 11th win against a strong Illinois team in the Big House.

Michigan improved to 41-1 when leading at the half under Jim Harbaugh – another reason for the Buckeyes to get off to a fast start as they look to win Saturday.

4. TCU (11-0)

Defeated Baylor, 29-28

Sonny Dykes rolled the dice. On third-and-7 with 37 seconds left, down two at Baylor’s 26 with no timeouts, he called the running back Emory Demercade. He was brought down on a rebound and Dykes kicked the ball out of bounds down the field with time running out.

From 40 yards, Griffin Cal made his shot, and with the win, the Horn Frogs improved to 11-0 for the first time since 2010.

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5. USC (10-1)

beat UCLA, 48-45

With Tennessee’s loss, the Trojans appear to be just two wins away from guaranteeing their first CFP appearance — and first Pac-12 appearance since 2016. Caleb Williams continued to play like a Heisman candidate, completing 32 of 43 passes for 470 yards with two TDs and an INT.

The Trojans have clinched a spot in the Pac-12 championship game before a great November matchup against Notre Dame.

6. Tennessee (9-2)

He lost South Carolina, 63-38

South Carolina Spencer Rattler looked like a Heisman winner against the third-best team in the best league in the sport. He finished his best day as a Gamecock — of his career — with 438 yards through the air and six TDs to put the nail in the coffin of the Volunteers’ CFP hopes.

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7. LDU (9-2)

Defeated UAB, 41-10

Defender of LSU Jayden Daniels completed 22 of 29 passes for 297 yards with a TD in a lopsided win against the Blazers. After winning the division title, the Tigers will look to move on Texas A&M and then knock off the defending national champion Georgia Bulldogs for a chance to earn a CFP invitation for the first time since 2019.

8. Alabama (9-2)

Defeated Austin P, 34-0

The Crimson Tide performed exactly as you would expect from an SEC opponent against an FCS opponent.

9. Oregon (9-2)

Defeated Utah 20-17

Oregon continues its hunt for the Pac-12 title with this win. With a win over struggling Oregon State, the Ducks will have a chance to win the Pac-12 Championship against the best team in the conference they have yet to play, USC.

10. Clemson (10-1)

beat miami 40-10

The Tigers finished the regular season undefeated – Mother of God doesn’t count toward their ACC tally — and they’re set for what should be a fun Palmetto State championship showdown against South Carolina to end the regular season, followed by the ACC title game against North Carolina.

11. Mother of God (8-3)

Defeated Boston College, 44-0

The win was ND’s 28th straight win over an ACC opponent and the fifth straight in which the Fighting Irish scored at least 35 points.

12. Pension state (9-2)

Defeated Rutgers, 55-10

Firm a Kaitron Allen and Nick Singleton combined for 189 yards on 20 carries with a TD in a lopsided victory that kept the Nittany Lions’ Rose Bowl hopes alive.

13. Washington (9-2)

Defeated Colorado, 54-7

The Huskies racked up 575 yards of offense — including 280 on the ground — to secure their first nine-win season since 2018 and a chance to win 11 games for the first time since 2016, when they made the CFP.

14. North Carolina (9-2)

He lost Tech, 21-17

The Yellow Jackets trailed 17-0 in the first half and scored 21 unanswered goals to knock the Tar Hills out of the CFP race.

15. Kansas State (8-3)

Defeated West Virginia, 48-31

With the win, the Wildcats moved closer to staying in the Big 12 title game.Quarterback Will Howard continued his great form, completing 19 of 27 passes for 294 yards with two TDs and an INT.

If the Wildcats beat Kansas on Saturday, they will have a chance to play TCU for the Big 12 Championship.

16. Be Miss (8-3)

He lost Arkansas, 42-27

Even though the Rebels lost, Ole Miss bounced back Quinshawn Judkins could win SEC Player of the Year honors and is a reason for every freshman All-American team in the sport. He rushed for 214 yards on 24 carries with a TD.

Judkins, however, was passed over by the Arkansas running back Raheem Sanderswho finished with 232 yards on 24 rushes with three TDs.

17. State of Florida (8-3)

Defeated Louisiana, 49-17

Since the 34-28 loss to Clemson, the Seminoles have averaged more than 43 points per game and have scored at least 35 points in seven games this season — not including their 24-23 win against SEC West Division champion LSU.

18. UCLA (8-3)

Lost to USC, 48-45

A valiant effort by the fifth-year rookie Dorian Thompson-Robinson wasn’t enough for the Bruins to defeat their cross-town rival. He finished 23 of 38 for 309 passing yards with four TDs and four losses against the Trojans.

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19. Utah (8-3)

Lost to Oregon, 20-17

The Utahs were eliminated from Pac-12 title contention after the loss to the Ducks. However, they are still in contention for their third 10-win season in four years.

20. State of Oregon (8-3)

Defeated State of Arizona, 31-7

The win marked the Beavers’ first season with at least eight wins since 2012. With the win over Oregon and the next bowl game, the Beavers were able to reach 10 wins for the first time since 2006.

21. Texas (7-4)

Defeated Kansas, 55-14

Sesame Robinson rushed for a career-high 243 yards against bowl-bound Kansas, meaning if the Longhorns beat Baylor on Friday and K-State beats Kansas on Saturday, the Longhorns will have a second chance to beat TCU in the Big 12 Championship Game.

22. Coastal Carolina (9-1)

Game against. Virginia was canceled.

23. Tulane (9-2)

He lost SMU, 59-24

Green wave defender Michael Pratt had six TDs in the win. With a win over Cincinnati next week, Tulane earns a spot in the American Athletic Conference title game.

24. Troy (9-2)

Defeated W. L. Monroe, 34-16

Kimani Vidal rushed for a career-high 242 yards to maintain the lead in the Sun Belt West Division as they look to clinch a spot in the conference title game with a win against State of Arkansas on Saturday.

25. Iowa (7-4)

Defeated Minnesota, 13-10

Although Minnesota is running back Mohammed Ibrahim rushed for 263 yards on 39 carries, the Hawkeyes got the win to put themselves in position to win the Big Ten West title with a win against Nebraska on Saturday.

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RJ Young is a national football writer and analyst for FOX Sports and host of the podcast “College football’s number one show.” Follow him on Twitter at @RJ_Young and subscribe to “The RJ Young Show” on YouTube.

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