Time for contenders to do battle, weeding out process to begin

Au revoir, September. We had a good run. You introduced us to some bright new stars (here’s to you, Mr. Robinson). You gave us some indelible moments (ah, “Little Giants”). Our one complaint: You really didn’t do much to start shaping the national-title race.
Four weeks in, the top of the polls look very much like they did four weeks earlier: Alabama, Ohio State, Boise State, TCU. On Saturday, Texas became the first shortlist contender to bite the dust, but for the most part the big boys have taken care of business just the way they should.