The list of teams with a realistic shot at the BCS championship game has been narrowed down, and it's time to take a look at what remains on their respective schedules.
Coaches will tell you that every game is equally important, but there's a reason we're more excited for certain games. It's those games that can make or break a season.
The most subjective part of the list is coming up with the Top 10 contenders for the national championship, and several factors were considered.
The most important one, however, is what kind of road does a team have to get to the title? A team like Texas A&M might be one of the 10 best, but they'll have to hope Bama loses twice (or to beat LSU and hope the Tigers win out), which gives them significantly less hope than say, Oklahoma State, which still controls its own destiny.
Of course, Northwestern also controls its own destiny, and while the program may have its best team in years, it isn't likely to seriously contend for the title. Thus, the strength of a team also plays a factor here.
Take a look at the one make-or-break game for each of the Top 10 BCS championship contenders.
All stats and schedule information via ESPN