At the start of the 2022 college football season, the dominance of the projected top three teams -- Alabama, Ohio State and Georgia, in some order -- was one of the sport's predominant storylines. (I certainly pushed it quite a bit.) They appeared to be so far ahead of the pack that it was almost impossible to see anyone else winning the national title.
In Week 1, Ohio State's offense stuttered and sputtered its way through most of three quarters against Notre Dame before doing just enough to come back and win. The Buckeyes seemed more vulnerable than expected!