At the conclusion of September, a number of college football teams still had their eyes on the ultimate prize of winning a BCS National Championship.
But as we come upon Halloween and move into November, that number has dwindled significantly.
The true contenders have separated themselves from those who were merely off to a fast start. While Alabama, Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon continued to win, others did not.
Left off this list are LSU, Georgia and Oklahoma. While the Tigers did lose to Florida, they still play at Alabama and have the best chance to vault back up into the top three or four with a win against the Crimson Tide. That's a tough task, but their dreams are not yet dead. The same can be said for Georgia if it wins out, which would include a victory in the SEC title game.
On the other hand, Oklahoma entered October with a loss and would have had a tougher time getting back into the championship picture, though the loss to Notre Dame certainly didn't help its cause.
Here are five teams that entered October with visions of crystal footballs and left with nothing more than thoughts about what could have been.