You know our thoughts on the role of the narrative in college football by now. And as there's a great little conversation going on in the diaries right now about how things might unfold, let's pull it to the main page for more water cooler talk.
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Comment starter: we'll have our predominant narrative on September 9th. The moment that Texas-Ohio State ends, the winner will be crowned the "leader of the pack." It's gonna happen.
Also on September 9th, Notre Dame will have a chance to be 2-0, with victories over Georgia Tech and Penn State. If it happens (not a gimme, but probable), your narrative will be set. Either:
Scenario 1 - Ohio State beats Texas: Rematch of the Fiesta Bowl! Notre Dame-Ohio State II
Scenario 2 - Texas beats Ohio State: Defending champs wait for Irish!
I personally am not sure Notre Dame can get through that schedule unscathed, but that'll be the early narrative. Count on it.