Oklahoma didn't have a quarterback, Urban Meyer was leaving Ohio State and there were plenty of question marks surrounding MI.
A win against either LSU or Georgia would nearly certainly put the Aggies back in the top-25 ranking, but there is no way that they finish the season ranked amongst the top-25 without a win in at least one of those games, and a flawless finish to the season against the rest of their SEC conference opponents. 20 Minnesota in a game between two teams that are now 6-0). LSU, following its big home win against Florida, surged up to No. 2 in the AP Poll, with Alabama at No. 1. UF was jumped by one-loss Notre Dame again in the polls but sits one spot ahead of Georgia, which lost to unranked SC on Saturday, and two ahead of Auburn, which it beat head-to-head last week.
Instead, we're probably going to have four undefeated teams and three or four one-loss teams who could hang with the undefeated teams but won't get that opportunity.
Here's guessing this year's LSU-Alabama score won't be 9-6. At least two of the five undefeated teams mentioned above are nearly surely going to drop a game.
Which of these four teams deserves to be No. 1? Sitting right behind the Tigers: The Tide at 51.0.
For better or worse, the loser of the November 9 game will be in the catbird's seat among one-loss teams. Florida went on to play LSU and lost at Baton Rouge.
There's a lot of football left to be played, and it's not out of the realm of possibility that this could turn into yet another season with Alabama and Clemson meeting in the championship game.
Midway through the season and there are plenty of teams that can make a strong case for being the nation's best team.