If it felt like something changed with Clemson’s emphatic win against Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game, the lingering residue is reflected in the preseason Amway Coaches Poll. And it’s not just that Clemson is ranked No. 1 ahead of Alabama, but the margin: The Tigers got 59 first-place votes, the Tide only six.
But let’s not get sidetracked here.
More telling than who’s No. 1 is this: College football’s most exclusive tier is still occupied by only two programs. The same two programs…
… Keep scrolling the rankings beyond ‘Bama, and the names are familiar, too.
The order is different than a year ago. Georgia and Oklahoma have moved up a spot each, while Ohio State has dropped two. But the makeup of the top five in the preseason rankings is the same as it was in August 2018, and it’s hard to quibble.
Oh, you thought I meant this was a crisis for you or me? No, no, no… it’s a crisis for poor ol’ Mickey, which has to struggle to find a way to entertain Short-Term Attention Span America.
You’ve come a long way from fretting over the Rematch, baby. Moving the goal posts is overdue. Fortunately, he’s here to help.
Eh, who cares about having the best, or even the most deserving, in the playoff field? Let’s just skip straight to healthiest. Hell, let’s outsource the selection committee to a few wise souls at ESPN while we’re at it. Think of all the attention that would get. Boredom problem solved.