ESPN updates College Football Playoff probability rankings

The 2015 college football season has just one week left in the regular season and the race for the second College Football Playoff is on. There was quite a bit of movement this past week in Week 12 action among the teams at the top of the playoff rankings. Ohio State lost and fell way out of the picture, which forced ESPN to make major changes to the top of their rankings.

Check out the way that the new rankings are laid out and get ready to see a lot of intense football in Week 13.

The Spartans have an inside track into the playoff, should they win out. Our model updates:

— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 22, 2015

Seeing Michigan State creep into the top-10 seems a bit hasty, especially with the Iowa Hawkeyes currently being the Big Ten’s best team. They have been underrated all season long, which should make this a very small surprise.

Outside of the Spartans being included the top three teams are no surprise at all.

Clemson is the best team in the nation by far and Dabo Swinney has to be very happy with the position that they are in. Deshaun Watson has been impressive all season long and there is no question that they are going to get into the playoff barring a massive upset.

Alabama has come back strong from their fluke loss against the Ole Miss Rebels and have proven that they are a playoff caliber team. Nick Saban always seems to rally the troops after tough losses and that has not changed this season.

Oklahoma getting in at No. 3 isn’t too terribly surprising, although they did beat TCU by a final score of 30-29. They have another big game this week against Oklahoma State, which could be what powers them into the playoffs.

Expect to see a good schedule this week and quite a few games come down to the wire in exciting fashion.

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