Don’t be shocked that half of the teams in the College Football Playoff’s top four already have a loss.
Or that the Florida Gators and several other one-loss teams way out on the fringes of this discussion still think they have a shot.
Or that close calls against lame opponents don’t hurt a team in the rankings half as much as you would think.
Only four of the last 10 national champions finished unbeaten. It’s a fairly unrealistic expectation that any particular team would roll through a season without so much as a serious scare. That’s what makes this so fun, and why growing anxious over rankings with so many games to play is such a waste of energy.
Oh, by the way, eventual champion Ohio State was 7-1 and No. 14 in the CFP rankings at this same time last season.
The following chart shows the records and losses and significant close calls of recent champions. Bottom line, it ain’t over until it’s over.
Year Champion Record Loss Close calls
2014 Ohio State 14-1 Va. Tech 2 OT’s at Penn State
2013 FSU 14-0 None 34-31 over Auburn
2012 Alabama 13-1 Texas A&M By 4 over Tenn and Ga
2011 Alabama 12-1 LSU None
2010 Auburn 14-0 None 28-27 over Bama
2009 Alabama 14-0 None 12-10 over Tennessee
2008 Florida 13-1 Ole Miss None
2007 LSU 12-2 Ky, Ark 28-24 over Florida
2006 Florida 13-1 Auburn By 1 over Tenn & SC
2005 Texas 13-0 None 25-22 over Ohio St.