It’s that time of year; while other sports sites lay out their standard slate of Heisman and national championship predictions, we at The Tattered Pennant present our annual College Football Un-Preview. Here we’ll present five specific things to watch on the gridiron this season, all in the hope that you’ll come out of 2017 with more of a big-picture perspective on the game. Assumptions will be challenged. Annoying trends will be pointed out. Let’s get it on!
1-Will conference championship week ever be interesting?
For too many years, conference championship week goes according to plan. The PAC-12 title game has really never had an upset in its short history. The SEC title game outcome hasn’t surprised anyone since the 2005 season when Georgia upset Les Miles’ first LSU squad. The ACC Championship Game has also gone according to plan almost every year. The Big Ten usually provides an entertaining title game, but why can’t the season really blow up that week like many of us secretly wish? How about across-the-board upsets for once, just to make the playoff committee sweat? Instead, like clockwork, a week that in theory should provide the best games of the season between highly regarded and battle-tested teams, becomes a formality. When will the promise of a chaotic championship week become reality? Perhaps realignment within leagues can produce something like chaos one day, but that doesn’t seem likely for a while.