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Seven-Step Drop: Alabama, Michigan and the Line Between Good and Great in College Football

College football is often distilled into a sport with a dichotomy between the haves and the have nots.

Take whatever measure you want and chances are there are typically two sides to the coin. You're either in the top 25 or you're not. You're a Power 5 school or a Group of 5 program. You're a blue blood or an up-and-comer. You're bowl eligible or you're not. You're led by an offensive-minded head coach or a defensive-minded one. You're either getting extended in the offseason or your head coach is on the hot seat.