A few thinks in life are unavoidable. Alabama rising to No. 1? That's one of them. The Crimson Tide take the top spot in this week's college football Power Rankings after their win over Mississippi State.

By Martin Rickman
November 18, 2014

Nobody really likes the game Mouse Trap. I mean, there might be some people out there who claim they like Mouse Trap, but if they’re being honest with themselves, they don’t. The idea of Mouse Trap is great; look at this beautiful Rube Goldberg machine where all the moving parts come together, one influencing the other to get that cage to drop down on the mouse. It doesn’t work that way.

It never worked that way. After the first time you play it and the boot doesn’t kick the bucket, or the diver just falls over, or the cage gets stuck halfway down the pole, you’re looking for other games to play. And Mouse Trap sits unplayed until another poor kid gets wowed by the allure of a game that will never really work right.

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That was the BCS in a lot of ways. It made sense on paper: humans and computers working together to pick the best two teams to play for the title. But it required everything working in harmony. College football laughs at the idea of harmony. College football is built on chaos.

So now we have the playoff. And chaos is ever-present, wreaking havoc in the background like Casper’s trouble-making relatives who were also ghosts. No machine is perfect. It just has to be good enough to relegate Mouse Trap to the back of the closet.

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