If you have been following college football for long enough, you know that making it to the top isn’t just about how good a team is.
That’s most of the formula, yes, but due to how national championship game participants are selected, an equally important piece of a team’s run is what many refer to as the "politics" of college football.
When a team loses games, how they lose them, and who they lose to are key.
In 2008, Florida dropped an early-season game to Ole Miss at home by one point. The Gators, however, went unbeaten the rest of the way, jumping Texas, Penn State, and USC in the process to make it to the big game.
Placement near the top of the polls is vital if multiple teams end up with similar records at the end of the year.
2004 saw Oklahoma get crushed in the BCS Championship Game by USC. The best reason anybody could give as to why they went over undefeated Auburn was that they were already ranked higher and didn’t lose.
Non-Automatic Qualification status can be fatal. Boise State learned this the hard way after finishing the 2009 season with an unblemished 14-0 regular season record yet only earning a No. 4 final ranking.
So, keeping all of this in mind, what do the championship prospects for the top-five teams look like?