In a marathon, sometimes a few ambitious souls will sprint out ahead of the pack in hope of being able to build up a big enough lead that they can somehow overcome their lack of stamina down the stretch.
In college football terms, the sprint portion of the race—September—is over, and now it's time to dig in and put together some consistent results to pace oneself through to the end.
It can't all be kisses and roses for everyone in the Pac-12, though. As we enter October, there's still plenty of teams with a realistic chance to make the title game—especially in the South Division, where everyone who has played a league game already has a loss—and even more that can justify a potential bowl berth.
That won't be the same when the calendar rolls over to November in four weeks. At least five Pac-12 teams could see their season ruined by what goes down this month.