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Bob Wojnowski and Angelique Chengelis recap Michigan-Penn State.
The Detroit News

Michigan’s dominating triumph over Penn State and LSU’s loss to Alabama was enough to push the Wolverines into the top four of the second College Football Playoff rankings, announced Tuesday night.

The Wolverines (8-1, 6-0 Big Ten) are ranked No. 4, following No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Clemson and No. 3 Notre Dame.

Michigan, which has three regular-season games remaining, were ranked No. 5 in the first CFP rankings announced last week.

The Wolverines appear to have a clear path to the Dec. 29 national semifinals (Orange Bowl and Cotton Bowl). They would have to win their final three regular-season games – against Rutgers, Indiana and Ohio State – and win the Big Ten championship game on Dec. 1.

The national championship game is Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.

The top four teams in the final CFP rankings on Dec. 2 will be in the playoff.

The Wolverines have never played in the College Football Playoff since it began in 2014.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RANKINGS

1. Alabama

2. Clemson

3. Notre Dame

4. Michigan

5. Georgia

6. Oklahoma

7. LSU

8. Washington State

9. West Virginia 

10. Ohio State