As we enter the final month of the regular season, each game is more important than ever before.
It's now all but impossible for any team to absorb a loss and still maintain a lofty position in the BCS rankings. And conference championships can be won or lost well before championship Saturday rolls around in December.
But even as we look to blockbuster showdowns still on the calendar—like Alabama and LSU or Notre Dame and USC—we shouldn't forget that the season lasts four more weeks, not one or two.
Each of the teams in the current BCS rankings has an opportunity to ruin the season, and some of these opportunities may come from places we least expect.
So, where are these pitfalls hidden? Let's take a look at the games in which a heavily-favored Top 25 team could fall into that dreaded late-season trap.