1. What It All Means: Week 4
Our biggest college football offseason fears might not be realized.
Just a month into this whole thing, several real, live, national championship contenders have emerged outside of the amazing top two.
Now, Alabama vs. Clemson for the national championship is hardly a forgone conclusion. Back in June, that didn’t seem possible.
There’s no limping along by anyone in the current top six, or by anyone in the top ten. The mere mortals haven’t been able to touch the top teams, and it’s all setting things up for something potentially special to come over the next few months.
Now, because of what has happened so far, it’s easy to envision someone other than Dabo or Nick getting the confetti shower on January 13th in New Orleans.
Would you fall off your chair if you were told that LSU was going to win the national championship? Would you be totally stunned if you found out that Justin Fields and Ohio State were going to survive Heisman-winner Jalen Hurts and his high-powered Sooners for the CFP title, or vice versa?
Or, how epic will it be if it really is Clemson and Alabama again for the national title after proving themselves worthy – at some point – against LSU, and/or Georgia, and/or Oklahoma, and/or Ohio State, and/or Wisconsin, and/or Auburn, and/or Florida, and/or anyone else able to slip into that group?
Okay, so the season has been a bit chalky so far, but that’s all a positive to crank up the expectations.
Almost no one thought Notre Dame was going to beat Georgia. LSU taking out Texas was hardly a shocker, Clemson beating Texas A&M was expected, and Oklahoma, Ohio State and Alabama have yet to get their hands dirty. But along the way, Wisconsin’s dominance has been a thing. Auburn has been terrific. Florida keeps on winning.
It’s not just the big two and everyone else.
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