The preseason Heisman frontrunner has been benched. Alabama and Ohio State have already lost, Cincinnati is ranked No. 2, Clemson is unranked, and there are teams from Athens to Eugene who think they have a shot at a national championship.
Of course, the season is just barely halfway over and there is a lot of important football to be played. Just as Texas A&M popping Bama and Stanford stunning Oregon have shown us, there are trap games all through the schedule and you never know when the next upset will happen. Still, there are games that just look so much more important than others, whether it is contenders facing off against one another or a team with playoff hopes heading on the road for a tough matchup. We broke it down to 15 games that will help decide who gets those coveted four playoff spots.
Warning, it is Big Ten heavy. The league decided to backload its East Division schedule so that Ohio State, Michigan, Michigan State, and Penn State (all but Penn State are currently top ten teams) all play each other in the final weeks of the season. Still, there are so many good games on tap all over the country.