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Michigan is No. 4 in College Football Playoff rankings ahead of Ohio State

For a third straight week, the Michigan football team is No. 4 in the College Football Playoff rankings.

The latest poll was released on Tuesday, with no changes to the top 8 teams, setting up a critically important game between the Wolverines and Ohio State this Saturday in Columbus, Ohio (noon, FOX).

Unbeaten teams Alabama and Clemson were No. 1 and 2, respectively, with Notre Dame — also 11-0 and with a 7-point win over Michigan — coming in No. 3.

Michigan (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten) remains the highest ranked one-loss team in the country, further proof that the 13-person playoff committee likes its resume.

Georgia, also 10-1, is No. 5 with a spot already locked up in the SEC championship game against Alabama on Dec. 1. A win for the Wolverines on Saturday would clinch the Big Ten East division and a spot in the Big Ten championship game, also Dec. 1 vs. Northwestern.

Ohio State, coming off a 52-51 overtime victory over Maryland on Saturday, remains No. 10 this week, setting up a top-10 showdown this weekend in Columbus. The other unbeaten, Central Florida (10-0), jumped the Buckeyes to No. 9.

Michigan debuted fifth in the CFP rankings three weeks ago, then moved up to No. 4 with a blowout win over Penn State on Nov. 3. The three-loss Nittany Lions are No. 12 this week. 

The Wolverines have now won 10 straight games, including a 31-20 victory over Indiana on Saturday in Ann Arbor.

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