College football is setting up for its big finale. Heading into the drama of rivalry week, how do the top teams compare in Power Rankings?
Finales are tricky. How do you sum up something that meant so much and had so much work put into it with one episode or a single event? By their very nature, finales only invite failure and disappointment.
If you leave it up to interpretation (think The Sopranos) you run the risk of not saying enough for your viewer. If you check off all the boxes and make it neat and tidy (Breaking Bad, for instance), you’re not giving your audience enough credit. The shows that get canceled and really shouldn’t have been -- Freaks and Geeks comes to mind, and more recently, the short-lived Fox show Enlisted -- sometimes get it right on accident. There’s something more natural about an unexpected finish.
Finales are, well, final, but when they’re scripted, they don’t feel that way. Thankfully we don’t have to worry about that with college football. The end of the regular season has plenty of storylines that need closure, but even when we think we have it all figured out, something like the 2013 Iron Bowl happens. As finales go for the general college football viewing public, that was perfect. Unless of course you’re an Alabama fan.
It’s time to see what happens when we close the book on the 2014 regular season before conference championships effectively put a coda on the year and set the stage for the first College Football Playoff.
Next game: Saturday at Oregon State
Next game: Saturday vs. Texas Tech
Next game: Thursday at Texas
Next game: Saturday vs. Michigan
Next game: Saturday at Penn State
Next game: Saturday vs. Georgia Tech
Next game: Saturday vs. Kansas
Next game: Friday vs. Stanford
Next game: Friday at Arizona
Next game: Friday vs. Arizona State
Next game: Saturday vs. Minnesota
Next game: Saturday at Alabama
Next game: Friday at Air Force
Next game: Saturday at Georgia
Next game: Saturday vs. Western Kentucky
Next game: Friday vs. Arkansas
Next game: Dec. 6 vs. Oklahoma State
Next game: Saturday vs. Mississippi State
Next game: Saturday vs. South Carolina
Next game: Saturday vs. Kentucky
Next game: Saturday vs. Utah State
Next five: Nebraska, Arkansas, LSU, USC, Memphis