This season has been unprecedented. This many top schools have never went down so hard. The unbeatable Trojans got whipped. LSU went down. Oklahoma and Texas didn't escape. Florida got turned to gator meat (twice haha). And it's all for one reason and one reason only: the power of suggestion. The Appalachian State miracle changed the season and maybe college football for the next decade.
Psychologists have long since proved that suggesting different things to people affected the subjects' perceptions, memories, and even beliefs. In fact, most of what we do is from suggestion. Try this: the next time you're out watch how much people copy each other. Reach for your drink and your mate will reach for theirs too. Yawn and you'll trigger a yawn in your friends. Beat a top ten school and all your buddies will go and beat some too.
The power of suggestion is really the power of example. There is tremendous strength in seeing something done before your eyes. The challenge transitions from theory to practice. After it's done there is no more discussion about it's possibilities. And everyone will start to say, "If he can do it, I can do it."
Appalachian State opened the door to a belief in the minds of every small school in America. The headline was, "They did the impossible!" well think about that line. If it was, it's not impossible anymore. That's suggestion! That's the example. And now we're seeing the fallout.
Teams won't lie down and get run over anymore by big schools. They will fight with not only everything they got, but now everything they believe they can have.
So then top schools have to bring their "A" game every Saturday; which is proving to be too difficult. Why? They're not pros. College kids have exams, girlfriends, and futures they're thinking of. You will not get 100% every Saturday. This flaw has just never been revealed before because there was no hope.
Hope. Faith. Miracles. Evil words to atheists, scientists, and top college programs.