Last year on Nov. 5, LSU and Alabama squared off in Tuscaloosa ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in a game that was billed as the "Game of the Century."
Thanks to four missed field goals by Alabama, LSU emerged victorious with a 9-6 overtime win in a defensive slugfest for the ages.
The Tigers ended up winning out, outscoring their final four opponents 177-39 and looking unstoppable in the process—ultimately defeating Georgia to claim the Southeastern Conference title and secure a spot in the national title game.
The Tide won out as well, finishing their season with a 42-14 drubbing of rival Auburn. Thanks to this and Iowa State's upset of then-No. 2 Oklahoma State, Bama earned a rematch with LSU for the national title.
This time, the Tide rolled LSU, allowing the Tiger offense to cross midfield just once in a dominant 21-0 shutout victory, leaving no doubt about which team was the best in the nation.
Fast forward ten months, and Alabama is still on top of the college football world.
A few months ago, Texas A&M's freshman quarterback Johnny Manziel was being put into handcuffs after a rough night out in College Station—now he is No. 1 in the Southeastern Conference in total offense.
The Kerrville, Texas native has made a rapid rise from his infamous shirtless mug shot following his arrest in June to earning the nickname "Johnny Football" around Aggieland.
Before making his way to Texas A&M, he had a legendary prep career as the signal caller for Tivy High School, compiling more than 5,000 yards of total offense and 80 total touchdowns in his senior year alone.
Following his time as a prep star in central Texas, he enrolled early at TAMU and spent his first year as a redshirt behind current Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill.
The march continues for No. 5 West Virginia in its first year as a member of the Big 12 Conference. The Mountaineers took out two Texas teams in their first two Big 12 contests and a third team from the Lone Star State is up next, as WVU will take to the road once again to face Texas Tech in Lubbock on Saturday.
The Mountaineers will be coming off an impressive road victory over Texas, while the Red Raiders will be looking to bounce back from an unimpressive performance in a home loss to Oklahoma.
TTU was exposed on both sides of the ball in the loss, as quarterback Seth Doege was intercepted three times by the OU defense, while the TTU defense was carved up for 380 yards and 41 points—by far its worst game of the season.
Still, the Red Raiders lead the nation in passing defense and boast the No. 2 total defense in the country.
Squaring off with the nation's top passing defense will be the nation's best quarterback, senior Geno Smith, who is undisputed the Heisman Trophy favorite at this point in the season.
West Virginia is all business in 2012. Ranked inside the Top 5 for the first time since 2007, the Mountaineers have their sights set on a national title berth in January.
Thanks to its stellar offensive attack, WVU found itself ranked No. 11 in the preseason, its highest preseason ranking since 2008. While numerous other teams, like USC, Oklahoma, and most recently Florida State, have fallen off, the Mountaineers have fought their way to a 5-0 record.
Last week, they passed what may prove to be their most strenuous test of the regular season, a road contest with then-No. 11 Texas. The normally pass-happy offense dominated the Longhorns on the ground in the win, while the oft-maligned defense came up with some timely stops to seal the victory.
A team once thought to be comprised of nothing more than a gimmicky one-dimensional offense and a porous defense now looks much more like a complete package. One that just may be delivered to Miami on Jan. 7.
West Virginia has come close before, the only question now is whether or not it can make the final leap to the pinnacle of the sport.
No. 4 LSU at No. 10 Florida: Preview, Players to Watch, Keys to the Game, TV Coverage, Where to Watch Online and More
Major questions about both No. 4 LSU and No. 10 Florida will be answered when the two face off on Saturday.
The Tigers will have their toughest test of the season coming off two consecutive lackluster performances when their travels to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for this Top 10 battle.
It will also be the first serious test for the Gators who will be able to prove that they are a legitimate threat to compete for the SEC title in 2012.
Over its first three games, LSU looked it would be right there with Alabama competing for the No. 1 ranking in the nation. However, the Tigers began to regress offensively against Auburn.
In that game, a first-quarter safety ended up being the difference in a game where LSU netted just 351 yards of total offense and 12 points. The next week, the Tigers stumbled yet again, this time against FCS foe Towson. At one point in the second quarter the Towson Tigers even held a 9-7 lead, though LSU rebounded for an ugly 38-22 win.
Meanwhile, Florida has been riding its strong defense to a 4-0 record. The Gators rank No. 10 in the nation in scoring offense.