The Buckeyes moved up to No. 2 in the top 25, one spot behind top-ranked Georgia. Their blowout win over Michigan State combined with Oregon's loss and Alabama's semi-scare against Arkansas enabled Ohio State to take over the second spot.
OSU still has to beat Michigan this weekend and win the Big Ten title game before wrapping up a playoff berth. They're in good shape right now though, and would technically be the "home" team in a semifinal matchup against Alabama.
After the rankings were revealed, there was plenty of discussion from college football media members about the Buckeyes jumping over the Tide.
Seeding aside, it doesn't matter all that much who is No. 2 and who is No. 3. Those two teams will settle it on the field in the playoff.
While Ohio State needs to beat Michigan and the Big Ten West champ to clinch a CFP bid, Alabama must take down rival Auburn Saturday and Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.