In trying to predict each college football season, writers waste weeks upon months fruitlessly crunching numbers, devouring game tape and poring over a withered Phil Steele magazine in order to glean something about the upcoming year.
And it always comes crashing down.
Five weeks into the 2013 campaign, things are no different. The top of the rankings look about the same—Alabama and Oregon are still the teams to beat—but beyond that, parity and some other unforeseen developments have run rampant.
So much for preseason predictions.