The college football season is a long one, but championships often come down to moments. Those moments add up to wins and losses, some of which weigh more heavily than others.
For college football's blue-blood programs, the ones with their eyes fixed on a national championship, there are games that could set the tone for the rest of the year. Or, in some cases, there are games that could could put an official stamp on the direction of the season.
In other words, they usually begin a tough stretch of the season or fall on the tail end. In any case, they're important for playoff hopes.
Which games fall under the make-or-break category for college football's perennial programs? The answers, as always, are in the following slides.