By Julie Glass

We’re on the cusp of the college basketball season, but there’s plenty to unwind in the football season.

Especially in the Big 10.

Ohio State’s shocking loss to Purdue and Michigan’s overwhelming win over Penn State have cleared up the picture a bit.

The Rines are the class of the conference and looks to be on track for the College Football Playoff. All that likely stands in the way is a win in Columbus on Nov. 24.

The Wolverines join Alabama, Clemson and Notre Dame in the projected field this week. The Buckeyes drop to the Rose Bowl.

With Alabama and Clemson looking dominant in their conferences, the best bet for teams outside the top four is to have Notre Dame stumble, perhaps in two weeks against Syracuse or in the season finale against Southern California. Otherwise, it’s looking like there may be little drama on selection day.

A reminder: Some conferences may not fulfill their bowl allotment. Asterisks denote a replacement pick.

Here’s how USA Today projects it: