The good news is, this might be the most wide open, unpredictable college football season in a long, long time.
If you’re waiting for the bad news, there is none.
How could there be? Five weeks in, this is what we know: nothing. And it’s beautiful.
Right now, all we really know is that nobody is unbeatable. That makes for a wonderfully unpredictable season. Really, after this weekend, do you have complete confidence in any team to run the table for the rest of the year?
Start at the top.
Ohio State came within a botched snap and a run-for-your-life Hail Mary in the endzone of either being tied or losing to Indiana. Yes, the Hoosiers came into the game undefeated at 4-0 but … it’s Indiana. The Buckeyes looked very vulnerable on defense, especially susceptible to the big play, and didn’t exactly look crisp on offense until it was almost too late. And fans knew it. Quarterback Cardale Jones, who is 8-0 and threw for 245 yards, gave his team a celebratory shout-out for being 5-0. And the fans shouted right back.
@CJ12_ u guys looked awful
— Mike (@mtunison1) October 4, 2015
Let’s move on to No. 2 Michigan State, another team that barely survived, beating Purdue by a field goal, 24-21. Something to remember going forward – despite having scored 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games before obviously having that streak snapped, the Spartans nonetheless were 140th in the country in total offense and their leading rusher averages barely 80 yards per game.
No. 3 Ole Miss? Destroyed at The Swamp by a good, not great, Florida team.
No. 6 Notre Dame? Hard to tell because of the weather. At times, backup quarterback DeShone Kizer looked fabulous. At other times, not so fab. This is the life the Irish will live for the remainder of the season.
UCLA looked absolutely miserable at home in losing 38-21 to Arizona State, forfeiting that No. 7 ranking. The Bruins’ freshman quarterback looked like a freshman, as UCLA had nine drives that ended with a three-and-out and somehow allowed not one but two safeties. And the defense? Well, skip to the 1:30 mark. It says it all.
Finally there is No. 8 Georgia. Again, we’ve seen this before. The Bulldogs are constantly playing in catch-up mode in the SEC and will do so again after getting waxed at home by Alabama.
Every team is inherently flawed. If you start with that premise, you will realize that, more often than not, those chickens will come home to roost. Let’s not discount that all of these aforementioned teams can end up vying for a slot in the College Football Playoff.
The matchups alone will guarantee even further shakeups in the rankings – Ohio State and Michigan State play each other, TCU and Baylor play each other, LSU and Alabama play each other, Clemson and Florida State play each other, and surprising Utah … ah, the Utes, well, they still have to play Cal, USC, Arizona and UCLA.
We know nothing after Week 5.
We still might know nothing after Week 12.
But that’s the beauty of the whole thing, isn’t it?