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ESPN's New Prediction For Ohio State, Oklahoma

Kirk Herbstreit on the set of ESPN's College GameDay

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: GameDay host Kirk Herbstreit is seen during ESPN's College GameDay show at Times Square on September 23, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Three of the College Football Playoff spots appear to be locked up, with Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame all getting penciled into the field. The Fighting Irish have finished the year at 12-0 and the Crimson Tide and Tigers can probably both lose next weekend and still make it in.

Who's going to get the fourth spot, though?

Ohio State and Oklahoma are the two prime candidates.

ESPN has updated its predictions for the Buckeyes and the Sooners heading into the conference championship weekend.

Here are the latest predictions from ESPN's FiveThirtyEight model:

ESPN is giving Ohio State a 60 percent chance to make the College Football Playoff. That percentage jumps up to 77 percent if the Buckeyes win on Saturday. Oklahoma, meanwhile, has just a 50 percent chance of making it. The percentage jumps up to 74 percent with a win on Saturday.

So, ESPN believes that if both Ohio State and Oklahoma win next weekend, it'll be the Buckeyes who get the fourth spot.

This would give us a College Football Playoff field of:

  1. Alabama
  2. Clemson
  3. Notre Dame
  4. Ohio State

Stay tuned.