Ohio State Gets Playoff Slot At No. 4, Jumping TCU

DALLAS, Tex. (Sporting Alert) — Ohio State have been given the chance to play in the first College Football Playoff, after the selection committee recognized their last outing.

The Buckeyes, who were ranked No. 5 last week, had been tipped to win a slot, following their impressive performance to secure the 2014 Big Ten championship on Saturday and they earned the No. 4 place on Sunday, replacing TCU in the top four.

The final rankings from the 12-member selection committee saw Alabama and Oregon staying at No. 1 and No. 2, while Florida State, who defeated Georgia Tech 37-35 in the ACC championship game on Saturday, moved up to No. 3.

Baylor finished at No. 5 with TCU, who were third last week slipping to No. 6, despite trouncing Iowa State, 55-3.

College Football Playoff selection committee chairman Jeff Long had hinted last week that the teams who were in the top four then would most likely keep their places when the final ranking release came out — if they came out on top in their respective games.

All four teams managed to do so, but the committee members said they “used the body of work to make their final decisions.”

Last week Long noted that the committee would be watching to see how the Buckeyes managed without star quarterbacks J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller, and the stand-in man, Cardale Jones, who completed 12 of 17 passes and threw for 257 yards and three touchdowns in his first career start, and was named MVP of the game, didn’t hurt his team’s case one bit.

The Buckeyes impressively routed No. 13 Wisconsin 59-0 in the Big Ten championship game with their third string quarterback, and Long said the performance made their decision decisive.

“Ohio State demonstrated that they were a complete team after winning the Big Ten Championship with third string quarterback,” Long said.

“It was decisive for Ohio State to move into that top four spot. They beat a highly ranked team.”

No. 1 Alabama will play No. 4 Ohio State in Sugar Bowl on New Year’s Day night, while No. 2 Oregon will meet No. 3 and defending champions Florida State in Rose Bowl on the same night.

The winners of each semifinal will meet in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game Presented By AT&T on Jan. 12.

This is how we started the day…

No. 1 Alabama
No. 2 Oregon
No. 3 TCU
No. 4 Florida State

After the final CFP rankings, this is what it will be…

No. 1 Alabama
No. 2 Oregon
No. 3 Florida State
No. 4 Ohio State

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