AP Top 25 Takeaways: College Football Superpowers Show Cracks

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Alabama wide receiver John Metchie III (8) hurdles past Florida defensive players cornerback Kaiir Elam (5), linebacker Ty’Ron Hopper and safety Trey Dean III during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Alabama looked beatable. Ohio State’s defense still looked discombobulated. Clemson’s offense still looked limp. Oklahoma was far less than elite again.

Maybe the season of the super team won’t be such a forgone conclusion after all.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide faced its first serious challenge, but managed to get the win at No. 11 Florida.

The No. 9 Buckeyes, No. 6 Tigers and No. 3 Sooners also were winners.

Those four teams have combined for 20 College Football Playoff appearances but all four have shown signs of weakness in the early going.

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