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Takeaways from Michigan at No. 7 in CFP Top 25, Ohio State at No. 6

Michigan’s chances of going to the Rose Bowl took a hit

NCAA Football: Michigan at Ohio State Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Heading into their game against Ohio State, the Michigan Wolverines were ranked at No. 4 in the College Football Playoff Poll.

After the new poll was released on Tuesday night, Michigan fell three spots to No. 7

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What might come as somewhat of a surprise is Ohio State being ranked behind Oklahoma. While the rankings can change week to week, it would be a major upset if both the Sooners and Buckeyes win their Championship games and the Buckeyes somehow jumps over Oklahoma.

Georgia at No. 4 is just setting up for a showdown versus No. 1 Alabama for the SEC Championship on Saturday, so if they lose, OSU and Oklahoma will be above them in the final rankings.

Why does this matter as it pertains to Michigan? Ohio State needs to make the College Football Playoff if Michigan’s to receive a Rose Bowl bid.

I spoke with Jerry Palm of CBS Sports earlier today, who told me if Michigan isn’t in the Rose Bowl, here’s where they’d play:

“It depends on who else is in the New Years Six (bowl games). Hard to say whether Peach or Fiesta is more likely. No other bowls are in play.”

So it looks like Michigan is heading to the Fiesta Bowl or Peach Bowl, unless OSU wins on Saturday with Georgia and Oklahoma losing.

The final takeaway is Michigan ranked one spot above undefeated Central Florida. The committee got that right, that’s a team who has played one of the weakest schedules in all of college football, and it would have been absolutely ridiculous for them to be ranked ahead of the Wolverines. With that said, there’s a shot the two teams play each other in a bowl.

What do you think of the rankings?