Joel Klatt updates his college football rankings after Week 13. Ohio State is still within striking distance of the CFP

The regular college football season is over, bringing a depressing end to Ohio State’s football season after a painful second year in a row at the hands of Michigan. And while the embarrassing loss to the Wolverines likely knocked the Buckeyes out of the college football playoffs, there’s still a small glimmer of hope.

Look no further than Fox College Football analyst Joel Klatt’s rankings for an example of how OSU still remains within striking distance of the top four teams capable of fighting for a national championship. He has Ohio state within reach if things are just right.

Georgia, Michigan, TCU, and USC continued to win and placed well while Ohio State, LSU, and Clemson all fell. The last two results are enough to keep the Buckeyes’ hopes alive for now.

So what does Klatt think of the top teams in the country after the week 13 rivalry week? Here’s a look at his top seven teams.

No. 7 – Penn State Nittany Lions

Penn State quarterback Sean Clifford takes to the field after the Nittany Lions fell 44-31 to Ohio State on Saturday, October 29, 2022 at Beaver Stadium at State College. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

where things are

recording | 10-2
Last result | Won against Michigan State, 35-16
Last week’s Klatt ranking | #8 ()

No. 6 – Alabama Crimson Tide (10-2)

Oct 8, 2022; Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban reacts during the second half against the Texas A&M Aggies at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

where things are

recording | 10-2
Last result | Won against Auburn, 49-27
Last week’s Klatt ranking | #7 ()

No. 5 – Ohio State Buckeyes (11-1)

11/26/2022; Columbus, OH, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud (7) waits to hike the ball against the Michigan Wolverines in the fourth quarter of their game at Ohio Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

where things are

recording | 11-1
Last result | Lost to Michigan, 45-23
Last week’s Klatt ranking | No. 2 ()

#4 – USC Trojans

November 5, 2022; Los Angeles, California, United States; USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) battles California Golden Bears linebacker Henry Ikahihifo (16) in the second quarter at United Airlines Field at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

where things are

recording | 11-1
Last result | Won against Notre Dame, 38-27
Last week’s Klatt ranking | #5 ()

No. 3 – TCU Horned Frogs (12-0)

November 5, 2022; Fort Worth, TX, USA; TCU Horned Frogs punt returner Derius Davis (11) reacts after scoring a touchdown on an 82-yard punt return during the first half of a game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

where things are

recording | 12-0
Last result | Won against Iowa State, 62-14
Last week’s Klatt ranking | number 4 ()

No. 2 – Michigan Wolverines (12-0)

11/26/2022; Columbus, OH, USA; Michigan Wolverines quarterback JJ McCarthy (9) throws for a touchdown on Ohio State Buckeyes safety’s Lathan Ransom (12) in the second quarter of their game at Ohio Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports

where things are

recording | 12-0
Last result | Won at Ohio State, 45-23
Last week’s Klatt ranking | #3 ()

No. 1 – Georgia Bulldogs (12-0)

November 5, 2022; Athens, Georgia, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) on the field before the game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Sanford Stadium. Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

where things are

recording | 12-0
Last result | Won against Georgia Tech, 37-14
Last week’s Klatt ranking | No. 1 (⇔)

NEXT… Klatt’s rankings and Twitter thread

College football rankings and Twitter thread by Joel Klatt

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