College football is a game that thrives on unpredictability. You never quite know when a season-changing upset is going to pop up seemingly out of nowhere on an otherwise benign fall Saturday, altering the complexion of an entire year.
Upsets can be fun, sure. But they can also rob us of potentially special games between national powers that look oh-so-appealing on the schedule in late April and early May. Oh, sure, the games will be played regardless, but those upsets have a way of stealing meaning from potentially truly momentous Saturdays.
With the College Football Playoff entering its first season, more games will be meaningful, but there is always the chance of a major late-season upset keeping a national power out of the four-team field and taking some luster from the first playoff.
Here are 10 upsets that, as of now, would ruin the college football season. Please note that these aren’t predictions, and they aren’t meant to favor or slight one team or another: They’re viewed from a national point of view.