One loss won't kill the chances for LSU or Alabama, but there are some teams in BCS contention that simply do not have that kind of luxury.
Alabama's and LSU's stature as the nation's widely regarded two best teams and the attention generated by their regular season playoff game next week has the two schools in the driver's seat in the BCS polls.
It will actually be quite interesting to see how far the losing team actually falls after next week's showdown.
For the rest of the nation, every other team in contention must watch its step. For these five teams, they may have already taken one misstep too many and blew any chance of the BCS title game with their performance this week.