Five Teams Capable of Dethroning the Alabama Crimson Tide

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Five Teams Capable of Dethroning the Alabama Crimson Tide

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It goes without saying that the Alabama Crimson Tide are the best team in college football-- today. The combination of a devastating defensive unit and an offense that can control pace against even the best defenses makes Alabama a nightmare for opposing coaches.

This isn't to say, however, that Alabama isn't vulnerable. Even the best teams comprised of 19-22 year olds are still comprised of 19-22 year olds. On the right day, under the right circumstances, there are a few teams out there among the ranks of college football that could give the Tide all they could handle, and maybe even pull off an upset.

To beat Alabama, you need to score early and often, forcing the Tide into a track meet-- the type of game they so often avoid, and prefer to avoid at all costs. Although Alabama is one of the deepest teams in the country, a track meet contest would test this depth on the gridiron instead.

The following teams each have a shot against Alabama because of the unique skill sets and personnel they bring to the table. Some have speed galore that could stretch the Alabama defense to its limits. Others have defenses that will have no problem going toe-to-toe with the Tide in a traditional SEC low-scoring battle. Still others have that one dynamic player that could change the course of a game with their individual performance alone.

Enjoy who we think are five teams capable of dethroning the Alabama Crimson Tide and shifting the balance in college football!

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Kansas State Wildcats

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An Alabama match-up with the Kansas State Wildcats is a long-shot. If Kansas State can run the table in the Big 12, however, and be one of the last undefeated teams standing in early December, it's certainly a possibility.

Wildcats quarterback Collin Klein is the type of quarterback Alabama that could cause the Tide fits. Klein's ability to make plays on his feet when flushed out of the pocket will force the Alabama defense to play as a cohesive unit. Given they don't face a quarterback with Klein's skill set throughout the remainder of the schedule, his attributes could cause enough issues which lead to a loss.

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Texas A&M Aggies

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Not to dissimilar from Kansas State, the Texas A&M Aggies have the individual skill players which could cause problems for Alabama. Aggie QB Johnny Manziel has proven to be one of the more intriguing and dynamic signal callers in the country through the first-half of the season, and has the athleticism to take an offense on his shoulders.

A&M's 13th-ranked rushing defense could also force Alabama into passing situations much more often than they would prefer. While A.J. McCarron is a solid passing quarterback, Nick Saban would much prefer to establish the run game first, and pass second. If the Aggies could flip this on its head and control the clock via Manziel and the running game, this could be a surprise loss for the Tide.

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LSU Tigers

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While their recent history against the Tide isn't so positive, the LSU Tigers are always game to prove they can compete, and even knock-off, their most bitter SEC rival. The Tigers' pass defense has struggled somewhat in the early-going this season, but the run defense is as strong as ever, ranked 31st in the country and helping the Tigers to allow an average of only 14 points per game as a unit.

If beating Alabama can be done by turning the game into a slog-fest, reminiscent of last year's 9-6 snoozer, then so be it. Few teams in the country can make this be better than the Tigers.

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Florida Gators

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While I'm still not convinced the Florida Gators are the second best team in the country-- as the initial BCS standings has them placed-- they are strong enough to be there for a reason. Gators coach Will Muschamp has his team playing some inspired football, but this inspiration will need to be protracted to create an SEC Championship match-up with Alabama on December 1st in Atlanta.

Led by Heisman Trophy candidate Mike Gillislee and improving QB Jeff Driskell, the Gators' offense is good enough to give Alabama some problems and their stout defensive unit-- which is only giving up an average of 12.3 points per game-- could be another which could help grind a game down to a slog.

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Oregon Ducks

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Another potential national championship game foe for the Crimson Tide is the Oregon Ducks. The reasons why Oregon could pull an upset are obvious-- they can score in bunches against anyone. The nation's second-best scoring offense through six games also has the country's fourth-best rushing offense in terms of total yards and scoring on the ground.

Beyond this, the Ducks are always willing to escalate the pace and throw to open up the run, a strategy that could tax the depth of the Tide and force players who don't normally see heavy action to play in unfamiliar situations.

Of the teams in the country that have a shot against Alabama, Oregon is the leader in the clubhouse.

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