The P5's Power 5

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  1. P.G.S.

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    Sporting News: College football's top-five parity problem actually no problem at all.
    http://www.sportingnews.com/us/ncaa...ohio-state-oklahoma/5v4jvls3b14c1qg0jek4rwydz

    College football's top-five parity problem actually no problem at all

    -Bill Bender

    You either love it or hate it.

    The haters would say college football has a parity problem in 2018. It's a five-pointed problem that features Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, Ohio State and Oklahoma. The other 124 teams? They're just trying to catch up. The haters will use it as an excuse to talk College Football Playoff expansion, the growing gap between the Power 5 and Group of 5 and to say that the regular season just isn't as exciting as it used to be. Sizing up the competitors from week to week is basically a copy-and-paste exercise.

    What's the problem? There's a "Power 5 within the Power 5," and it's ruining college football.

    Or not. Adjust that thinking now. Remember how riveting the two-way race was between USC and Texas in 2005 — where you knew those teams were simply better than everybody else and there was nothing anybody could do about it? This feels like that — except five teams from four conferences are involved. It might not be fun, say, five years from now, but you have to appreciate the domination in the short term.

    Those five schools have combined for 75 percent of the College Football Playoff appearances so far, and appear to be a good bet to snag at least 75 percent of those appearances this year. The numbers are staggering so far.

    TEAM Points scored Points allowed Scoring margin
    Alabama 170 28 Plus-142
    Georgia 135 24 Plus-111
    Ohio State 169 62 Plus-107
    Oklahoma 149 62 Plus-87
    Clemson 114 40 Plus-74

    Those five schools have combined to outscore opponents 568-154 – an average score of 47.8 to 12.3. That's a five-touchdown difference, and it shows on the field every Saturday.

    The quarterbacks have made it entertaining, too. Alabama's Tua Tagovailoa, Georgia's Jake Fromm, Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins and Oklahoma's Kyler Murray would be a good bet to fill the row at the Heisman Trophy ceremony if it were tomorrow. Clemson's Kelly Bryant is right in the mix if he can hold off freshman phenom Trevor Lawrence. The backup options, including Jalen Hurts, Justin Fields and Tate Martell look capable when pressed into the action.

    Seriously. Will Alabama average 50 points per game with Tagovailoa at the controls? It has so far. Is Kyler Murray the next Baker Mayfield? Is Haskins Ohio State's best quarterback ever? How many running backs does Fromm have at his disposal? Is Clemson's offense actually better with Bryant and Lawrence sharing time? None of those is a ridiculous question.

    We know the obvious trap with this line of thinking. This happens every year, and teams start losing because it's difficult to go 12-0 in the regular season. Alabama, Clemson, Oklahoma and Georgia each lost once in the regular season last year. Ohio State lost twice, which proved to be the difference.

    That road to the Playoff still has potholes, too. The Crimson Tide and Bulldogs both travel to Tiger Stadium later this season to face a rejuvenated LSU team. Ohio State travels to Penn State in two weeks. Oklahoma will travel to take on both TCU and West Virginia, not to mention an Oklahoma State team that looks like a true contender. Clemson has the easiest schedule, but they've slipped up in ACC play each of the last two seasons.

    That's not even including the traditional season-ending rivalry games. It's not a given that all five of these teams would finish unbeaten in the regular season, which would set up the winner-take-all scenario for Georgia and Alabama in the SEC championship game.

    But it's also far from impossible — and that adds to the intrigue. Which one of these five powerhouses is going to fold first? Which quarterback for these five teams is going to win the Heisman Trophy? Which one of these five teams will win the national championship?

    It might not seem that appealing now when they are emptying opposing stadiums, but imagine the possibilities in the College Football Playoff. Alabama vs. Ohio State. Georgia vs. Clemson. Oklahoma vs. Alabama. …

    Any of the combinations would be outstanding. Upsets drive college football most of the time, but in some years the domination writes itself. That's what this "Power 5 within the Power 5" is doing. Knowing that one will have sit out is dramatic enough heading into the second quarter of the season. You can hate that is the reality of a top-heavy season in college football.

    Or you can learn to love it — because figuring out a champion this year among those five teams is going to be a lot of fun.
     
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  2. BTSBuckeye

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    Why do people pretend this is anything new to begin with?

    It's not like back in the day you had 15 teams who could legitimately win a title, and we've always had programs rise to the top of football for a period of time. We've always had teams who rise to the top for a couple of years and drop as well.
     
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    I do not want to think about Penn State right now. I am hoping that Urban Meyer during his vacation was able to completely analyze Penn State.
     
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