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Michigan is firmly entrenched in the No. 3 spot behind rival No. 2 Ohio State and first-place Alabama in the latest College Football Playoff rankings released Tuesday.

That sets up Saturday's marquee Big Ten matchup between Nos. 2 and 3 in Columbus when the Buckeyes (10-1, 7-1) and Wolverines (10-1, 7-1) meet.

At stake for Michigan is a shot at the Big Ten East Division title and a trip to the conference championship game in Indianapolis Dec. 5. Ohio State needs to beat Michigan and for Penn State (9-2, 7-1) to lose at home against Michigan State (3-8, 1-7) in order to advance.

The loser of the UM-OSU showdown will likely fall out of the CFP race.

Meanwhile, 11-0 Western Michigan remains in the No. 21 slot, two spots behind No. 19 Boise State, for a spot in the Cotton Bowl Jan. 2.

Wisconsin moved up to No. 6 from No. 7 and Penn State to No. 7 from No. 8 in the latest rankings.

Louisville was the team that took a big drop. The Cardinals fell from fifth to 11th after losing at Houston.

Unbeaten Alabama meets Auburn on Saturday, but the Crimson Tide has already clinched a spot in the SEC title game.

CFP Rankings

1. Alabama (11-0), last week: 1

2. Ohio State (10-1), 2

3. Michigan (10-1), 3

4. Clemson (10-1), 4

5. Washington (10-1), 6

6. Wisconsin (9-2), 7

7. Penn State (9-2), 8

8. Oklahoma (9-2), 9

9. Colorado (9-2), 10

10. Oklahoma State (9-2), 11

11. Louisville (9-2), 5

12. Southern California (8-3), 13

13. Auburn (8-3), 15

14. Florida State (8-3), 17

15. Florida (8-2), 23

16. Nebraska (8-2), 18

17. Tennessee (7-3), 19

18. West Virginia (8-1), 14

19. Boise State (9-1), 20

20. Houston (9-2), NR

21. Western Michigan (10-0), 21

22. Utah (8-2), 12

23. Washington State (8-2), 22

24. Stanford (8-3), 24

25. Navy (8-2), NR

Associated Press contributed

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