Cavalcade of Whimsy: Clemson's Schedule, Missing Tennessee, UCF's Possible Beef

Cavalcade of Whimsy: Clemson's Schedule, Missing Tennessee, UCF's Possible Beef

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Cavalcade of Whimsy: Clemson's Schedule, Missing Tennessee, UCF's Possible Beef

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Five Cavalcade of Whimsy footballey opinions and, like, other stuff

5. Because the last three quarters of the Cotton Bowl were so much fun …

You know how Notre Dame is sort of being dismissed because the schedule seems a lot harder this year and the team doesn’t appear to be as good?

Yeah, it might be one big win over Georgia next week from changing everything.

Virginia is nasty, but that’s a home game. USC is better, but that’s a home game, too.

Are you really that afraid of the trip to Michigan now? How about dealing with Virginia Tech, at Duke, Navy or Boston College? How scary does Stanford seem to be?

The Irish aren’t going to run the table, but … again, beat Georgia next week in Athens, and it’s Game On.

4. It’s going to be okay … it’s going to be okay …

Michigan won. It might have been a horrible performance against Army, but for some reason, I just can’t dog anyone too much for looking awful against the team with that offense.

When the Knights have the knuckleball working and they go on nine minute drives, it makes everyone crazy. The opposing offense panics, there’s a sense of urgency to merely get a first down, and no one seems to play quite right.

Now the Wolverines get a week off and then they go to Wisconsin. Win, and with Rutgers, Iowa and at Illinois to follow, they’re going to be 6-0 going into the date with Penn State.

Lose, and with at Penn State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Ohio State, and now appearing to be a nightmare, at Maryland, ohhhhh nooooooo.

3. Every man has his tipping point …

I don’t know what it is about the ACC Network that offends my sensibilities. Maybe it’s because I don’t want it – I just want to the football games – and I don’t like paying extra for another tier of a programming package that I’ll never use.

Maybe it’s because the old ESPN model of making you pay for channels AND watch the ads they deliver doesn’t work in a world of RedZone, Netflix, and XM.

Nah. It’s really because I’m effectively paying to watch the boy-bands-that-don’t-dance-is-not-okay ad over, and over, and over, and over …

2. Come on, college football …

Gee, thanks, Syracuse. Now we have no games between ranked teams.

Somehow, though, I have a sense something sneaky-interesting is going to happen. It’s these weeks that look like nothing-burgers that tend to become something amazing.

Would you be totally stunned if Clemson got at least a push by the Orange?

How about if South Carolina put together something magical at home against Alabama, or if UCLA said, “yeah, those first two weeks … KIDDING!” and came out roaring against Oklahoma?

USC-BYU should be entertaining, Stanford-UCF will matter, and there’s a shot Arizona State at Michigan State might be fine entertainment for the whole family.

Florida HAS to beat Kentucky – Dan Mullen just can’t lose this game two years in a row – and how awesome would the story be if Hawaii went 3-0 in the Pac-12 and beat Washington?

Something interesting is going to happen. It has too.

1. Oh sure, let’s start this now

There are only 18,000 things still to happen this college football season and we’re on, like, step five, but I’m already seeing it coming.

At the end of the season, we’re not going to come close to agreeing on who the four best teams are.

Right now, there are six. Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, LSU, Ohio State and Oklahoma. There are other good ones, but if you were to say right now that four of those teams are in – as long as two of them are Alabama and Clemson – you’d have a whale of a tournament.

Or, you’d have an even better six-team College Football Playoff.

In my dream world, all five Power Five champs get in and the top Group of Fiver gets a spot.

But how totally and completely awesome would that be if, say, on December 14, Oklahoma went to LSU, and Georgia went to Ohio State – or something like that – with the two winners getting to deal with No. 1 Clemson or No. 2 Alabama in the playoff as it’s set up now?

Okay, too soon. We’ll kick in the CFP discussion next month.

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