Now to the big question: Without a playoff, how do you determine who's No. 1? The answer is, Often, it's obvious. Alabama trashes Miami in the '93 Sugar Bowl. Done deal. Sometimes there are ties: Colorado and Georgia Tech in '90. Washington and Miami in '91. Sometimes there are arguments, like last year's Bobby Bowden- Lou Holtz- Don Nehlen spitting match. Fine. Nobody got hurt.
There's not much romance left in college football, or in sport itself. Autumn Saturdays are an exception. Three months of them, not three weeks.