For five teams, life in January will be rough.
Sure, they'll all be playing in bowl games, representing their universities with pride and dignity, as they roll into college football postseason play with their heads high and ready to make long-term believers out of their fans.
Still, the question lingers: What if?
For five teams, this year provided an opportunity to shine on a large scale, in fact on the biggest of scales college football can offer. But they will have to make due with their postseason fate, because there's still one game left, even if it's not what they originally wanted.