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This Stat Doesn't Bode Well For Ohio State's Chances Of Making The CFP

Urban Meyer looking at his playbook during an Ohio State game.

MADISON, WI - OCTOBER 15: Head Coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes stands on the sidelines during there second quarter during the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on October 15, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The Buckeyes might not control their own fate.

The latest College Football Playoff rankings were unveiled tonight, and the Ohio State Buckeyes checked in at No. 8. Wisconsin, Ohio State's opponent in Saturday's Big Ten title game, was ranked No. 4.

With a 10-2 regular season record, some were wondering if OSU could make the playoff simply by beating Wisconsin, or if they would need some help elsewhere. Considering one-loss Alabama was ranked fifth, and the Crimson Tide aren't even in the SEC Championship Game, that's not a good omen for the Buckeyes.

Another thing that is a bad sign is this stat. In the first three year of the CFP, no team outside the top 5 in the second-to-last rankings has made the final four-team field.

Can Ohio State buck this trend, no pun intended? We'll see.