TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama football is on top of college football, again. The Crimson Tide are off this Saturday and will remain ranked No. 1 when next week’s game against LSU arrives.
Here’s a breakdown of Alabama’s (8-0, 5-0 SEC) remaining regular season opponents, ranked from easiest to toughest.
4. Chattanooga, Nov. 19
Alabama is paying $500,000 for this Iron Bowl tune-up.
3. Mississippi State, Nov. 12
Life without Dak Prescott has not been kind to Dan Mullen and the Bulldogs.
Mississippi State (2-5) has lost to South Alabama and Kentucky. The Bulldogs need to win four of their last five games just to make a bowl. That’s highly unlikely with Alabama and Texas A&M on the schedule.
Mississippi State has played Alabama tough throughout the years, but that won’t be the case this season.
This should be an easy conference win for the Crimson Tide in a couple of weeks.
2. Auburn, Nov. 26
After starting the year 1-2, Auburn has won four straight games.
The Tigers are riding high coming off a 56-3 beating of Arkansas in which they rushed for 538 yards.
If Alabama gets by LSU, the Tide will be 11-0 heading into the Iron Bowl.
The last time Alabama entered the Iron Bowl 11-0 was in 2013. That quest for a three-peat was ended by the infamous “Kick 6” game.
Surely Alabama won’t let another shot at a national championship end at the hands of its biggest rival.
Auburn is going to be a tough opponent because of its stingy defense. The Tigers are holding teams to 14 points per game, which is No. 2 in the SEC.
Auburn’s rushing attack is the focal point of the offense, but the Tigers will need to hit some passes downfield if they hope to knock off Alabama.
1. LSU, Nov. 5
LSU typically has been the toughest game for Alabama in recent years, especially when the two teams meet in Baton Rouge. In 2012, Alabama needed a late screen pass from AJ McCarron to T.J. Yeldon to win. Two years ago, Alabama needed overtime to put the Tigers away.
Things get weird in Death Valley as the Tide’s offense doesn’t always perform the best on those trips.
Alabama’s run defense will be tested again.
LSU running back Leonard Fournette ran for 284 yards (17.8 yards per carry) and 3 touchdowns in LSU’s 38-21 win over Ole Miss.
Fournette has rushed for 670 yards and 5 touchdowns this season despite missing two games and losing another because of Hurricane Matthew.
Fournette has struggled in two career games against the Crimson Tide (21 carries, 79 yards and no touchdowns as a freshman in 2014).
Alabama was one of two teams to hold Fournette under 100 yards last season. He ran for 31 yards and a touchdown for an average of 1.6 yards per carry (19 carries).