Dropped Out: Maryland (#21), Oregon (#22).
Just so we're clear, I'm totally fine with USC, Arkansas, or Florida go to the national title game ahead of Michigan, but one of my rules when ranking teams is not to drop a team for losing by one score to a team ahead of it, especially on the road. I genuinely think that Michigan is the second-best team in the country, but if USC wins out, they'll have the same record against a tougher schedule and they'll have earned the shot. Likewise for Arkansas if they beat LSU and Florida, although I don't think that their schedule is demonstrably tougher than Michigan's. I'd be OK with Florida being in the title game as well if they finish at 12-1, although they seem to be the least threatening of Ohio State's potential opponents.