With a win over No. 9 Penn State on Saturday afternoon, Ohio State evidently made a good impression on the College Football Playoff committee.
The Buckeyes jumped the LSU Tigers in the latest edition of the CFP Rankings, which were announced on Tuesday night.
Behind LSU, Clemson and Georgia remain in the CFP conversation at this point, as Dabo Swinney's group had a bye week while UGA defeated Texas A&M in Athens.
Alabama is still in the No. 5 spot, perfectly placed if the likes of Georgia or Clemson should slip up between now and the end of the conference championship slate. Assuming the Crimson Tide defeat Auburn, they'd be the next team up should Georgia lose to LSU in Atlanta.
Behind Alabama, Utah lurks as the greatest threat to SEC supremacy, especially after fellow Pac-12 contender Oregon lost to Arizona State on Saturday night. Oklahoma, Baylor and Minnesota all need some help as one-loss teams hoping to make a late run to impress the committee.
With a loss to the Buckeyes on Saturday, Penn State is essentially battling for positioning in a New Year's Six bowl game, rather than a CFP spot.
Ahead of a looming matchup in Ann Arbor against their arch-rival Michigan, Ohio State now has a chance to prove the committee right for their added faith and No. 1 ranking.