After Wisconsin’s 28-24 loss to LSU on Saturday, Badgers head coach Gary Andersen was asked why running back Melvin Gordon received just two carries after halftime. “I don’t know,” Andersen responded. Those three words were immortalized by character Jeff Spicoli (played by Sean Penn) in the film Fast Times At Ridgemont High. Spicoli’s teacher writes it on the board: “I Don’t Know.”
So, I have to give Spicoli -- and Andersen -- credit for inspiring the intro to my Power Rankings. Why did Florida State look so sluggish against Oklahoma State? I don’t know. How did Alabama move the ball so easily against West Virginia and only win by 10 points? I don’t know. What happened to Clemson’s defense against Georgia? I don’t -- scratch that. I do know that one. Todd Gurley happened.
The Top 25 will look vastly different a few weeks from now. The season is dark and full of terrors. But the unknown is also what makes the early weeks so special.
Next five: Oklahoma State, Texas, Michigan, Mississippi State, BYU