1. What It All Means: Week 2
For the second straight week we learned one thing above all else.
There are six teams capable of winning the College Football Playoff national championship, and everyone else playing for the delightful enjoyment of sport.
Again from earlier, Texas is very good, and it could absolutely end up winning the Big 12 title. But is this team good enough to get by the other monsters at the top of the rankings to win the national title? Is it good enough to beat Oklahoma twice? Nah.
What, exactly, about the overtime win over Army made you think Michigan is about to do something truly special?
How about Utah struggling against Northern Illinois – did that do it for you? Auburn had a hard time against Tulane, Florida looked lousy against Miami, and on and on. Meanwhile …
No. 1 Clemson just came up with a bag full of meh against Texas A&M, and it slowed the nation’s 12th-ranked team to a dead stop.
It was only New Mexico State that got blown out, but Alabama is doing performance art at this point.
Georgia is playing like it hasn’t rolled out of bed yet, and it couldn’t have had an easier time getting to 2-0.
Oklahoma’s offense continues to mock the rest of the college football world, and Ohio State has so much talent that it took out a supposedly dangerous Cincinnati team 42-0, only because it didn’t seem all that interested in winning 49-0.
Which leads back to LSU. Texas pushed around the Tiger defense a little bit, and Sam Ehlinger was fantastic against an NFL-caliber secondary, but Mr. Burrow and company always had an answer. LSU put up 573 yards on the road against what should be the Big 12’s best defense.
Auburn is fine. Florida is fine. Utah is fine. Notre Dame is harmless at the No. 7 spot – it’s fine, too. They all have the potential to be one of the bigger boys – they’ll all get their cuts – but for now, there appear to be six teams for four spots.
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