By Erik Chambliss

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) — As the college football season enters the home stretch, we now have this year’s first set of rankings for the College Football Playoff. Penn State came in at the fourth and final playoff spot.

Ohio State claimed the top spot in the rankings, followed by No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Alabama. Penn State ranked just ahead of No. 5 Clemson and No. 6 Georgia.

The Nittany Lions currently have an 8-0 record and will take on another undefeated Big 10 team on Saturday when they hit the road to play 17th-ranked Minnesota.

So far this year, Penn State’s key wins have come against 14th-ranked Michigan and 18th-ranked Iowa

The CFB Playoff committee use championships won, strength of schedule, head-to-head matchups and outcomes against common opponents to determine the rankings.

A new ranking will be revealed every Tuesday until Dec. 3 and then the final rankings are set to be revealed on Sunday, Dec. 8 — the day after conference championship games are played.

Erik Chambliss