Last Sunday the BCS rankings were released, and quite a few teams were put in an early predicament. For those teams, the upcoming game is more important than any they've played this season.
Just one loss throughout the rest of the season, has the potential to destroy any team's chance at a BCS birth.
There are a few teams that can afford to lose one game and still qualify for one of the BCS bowls. Their opportunity to make the BCS National Championship Game, however, would be all but eliminated.