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Ohio State's Close Call Against Michigan State Has Many Questioning Team's No. 2 Ranking

Ohio State survived Michigan State on Saturday, but the Buckeyes didn't look like the second-best team in the country in doing so.

When the most recent College Football Playoff rankings came out this past Tuesday, it was abundantly clear that in all likelihood, if Ohio State wins out, it will make the field - regardless of whether it wins the Big Ten. The Buckeyes, who were ranked No. 2, of course, are not in control of their own destiny in the Big Ten - unless Penn State loses a game down the stretch.

But Saturday, Ohio State needed to survive a two-point conversion attempt to get past Michigan State, a team that has won just three games this year. Yes, it was a road game and yes, the weather was rough, but there's no doubt the Buckeyes left a great deal to be desired. Fans took notice, too.

Will it matter? Probably not. If Ohio State beats Michigan in its rivalry game next week, it'll have the wins to qualify for the field. But the Buckeyes are going to need to step up their game next Saturday if they want that to be the outcome.