2015 Feels a Lot Like 2007… but Will the Storm Be Followed by the Calm?

As of Sunday morning — September 27, 2015 — the college football season is still relatively young.

A year ago, a wild September was followed by a stability-bearing October and a not-that-crazy November. The march to the first College Football Playoff certainly wasn’t free of clutter or controversy, but that controversy was mostly the making of the Big 12 and its lack of a clear, coherent approach to an inconvenient situation.

Sure, the first College Football Playoff chase did involve some surprising plot twists. No one foresaw Ohio State annihilating Wisconsin the way it did with Cardale Jones starting at quarterback in place of an injured J.T. Barrett. The Wisconsin backstory with Gary Andersen having a foot already out the door did not emerge until after the Big Ten Championship Game. Yet, on a larger level, the first playoff season in college football history was not that disordered… not in light of how fragile the landscape looked at the beginning of October.

Alabama stabilized itself in the second half of the season, winning the SEC and punching its playoff ticket. Florida State avoided stepping on several landmines, earning its spot in the final four of football. Oregon, carried by Marcus Mariota and a defense which improved in late October and beyond, overcame an early stumble to Arizona to reach the Rose Bowl playoff semifinal game. Ohio State lost earlier than anyone else in the playoff field, but the Buckeyes solidified into something special as the season moved along.

The 2014 season chaotically began, but its raging waters calmed down. The 60-mile-per-hour winds of the first half of that season became gentle breezes by Thanksgiving.

One year later, a stronger storm front is moving through the college football map.

Are we going to get Hurricane 2007 all over again? We don’t know, but it’s not too early to consider the possibility.

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