Welcome Deadly October 2015
College football 2015 is already wild. Consider this:
--Greedy Texas (University of Texas) is off to its worst start in over 50 years.
--Notre Dame has achieved a lofty ranking thanks to beating a weak Greedy Texas team.
--Entering Deadly October, Alabama, gasp, is not ranked in the top ten. As a matter of fact, the first Saturday of Deadly October finds them as underdogs against Georgia.
--Oregon has lost two games before Deadly October.
Can Deadly October 2015 top all of that??
Here is the Associated Press Top Ten going into Deadly October (For what it is worth)
Will it look the same in November??
At first glance, Ohio State and Michigan State appear to have the easiest schedules throughout Deadly October. Michigan State has a date at Michigan on the 17th of October. Iowa and Wisconsin does not appear on Michigan State’s schedule. Ohio State does not play Iowa, Nebraska, or Wisconsin.
Piece of cake right? The beauty, or horror of Deadly October is how innocuous a schedule can look.
Ole Miss begins Deadly October at Florida and ends it hosting Texas A&M. There is a game at Memphis which may prove interesting for the Rebels.
TCU starts Deadly October with Greedy Texas and ends with West Virginia, with visits to Kansas State and Iowa State in between.
No problem, right?
Baylor opens Deadly October with a game against Texas Tech. This has all the earmarks of a shootout. Baylor also has Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa State, and Kansas State in Deadly October.
Smooth sailing, right?
Notre Dame can make a statement for their national championship aspirations in Deadly October. However, they open the month at Clemson, and host USC two weeks later. They have dates with Navy and Temple in October, which easily become trap games if they lose their focus.
UCLA hosts Arizona State on the first Saturday of Deadly October. They go to Stanford, and host Cal the following weeks.
Georgia will host Alabama on October 3rd, go to Tennessee on October 10th, host Missouri on October 17th, and meet Florida on Halloween. The Bulldogs will know where they stand on Halloween night.
LSU has two games that will be interesting in Deadly October. They are dates at home against Florida and on the road against South Carolina. These are contests the Tigers can win, but they can lose if they fall asleep at the wheel.
Utah is the surprise team, which does not get the exposure it deserves. They are a good team, but are they good enough? Deadly October has them hosting Cal, Arizona State, and Oregon State. On October 24th, they visit USC.
At first glance Deadly October 2015 appears less chaotic than Deadly Octobers of previous seasons. However this is why Deadly October is enjoyable. It is never what it appears to be. It can be a month when darkhorses emerge, and favorites fall apart. We shall see.
Once again, welcome to Deadly October.