25 things: The season is knocking on the door — loudly

1. Epic epidemic
It was called the superflu in Stephen King’s masterwork The Stand. In the book, 99.4 percent of the human race kicks the bucket.

Cornelius Ingram is one of five Gators out for the year with ACL injuries. (Getty Images)
In college football, it seems that the only humans left are going to be those kicking the football. Everyone else is going down at an alarming rate.

• Both USC (Mark Sanchez) and UCLA (Ben Olson) have endured quarterback injuries. The last time Los Angeles didn’t have a starting quarterback the Rams were in town.

• If you believe that a.) left tackle is the second-most important position on the field and b.) Georgia is No. 1, you have to believe that c.) the Bulldogs are in trouble with the knee injury to left tackle Trinton Sturdivant. The freshman All-American and rock of the Bulldogs’ line is out for the season.