1. What It All Means: Week 15
As if this season wasn’t strange enough, the next-to-last week took a turn to the truly surreal.
Most of the games were awful.
When it came to the big games, it started with the 70-7 Arizona State win over Arizona and it just got worse from there.
Six of the games involving Top 25 teams were canceled. The battle of ranked Georgia and Missouri teams was a blowout, North Carolina over Miami was a fun-bad, Northwestern over Illinois was boring, Iowa over Wisconsin was even worse, Alabama and Oklahoma State each had a light scrimmage, and game after game after game was …
Even Army-Navy was – let’s just say it – bad, too. Of course that’s always interesting beyond the game, but the quality of football in the fog and rain was lousy and the conditions were just plain eerie.
But just as it seemed like the 2020 college football season had overstayed its welcome even more than it already has, we got USC-UCLA and LSU-Florida.
The near-empty Rose Bowl at night for one of the best games of the season was odd enough, but LSU and Florida playing in what appeared to be a swamp in The Swamp just sent us all a little reminder that college football always has a way of coming up with something special.
To dive into the deep cuts, even the late games – Stanford 27-24 over Oregon State and New Mexico’s explosion of a fourth quarter for a 49-39 win over New Mexico – helped end things on a high note.
And now we’re here in Championship Weekend, followed up by a sprint of a bowl season, the College Football Playoff, and then … relax.