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Can anyone challenge Alabama for the national title?

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When most teams started their season this past Saturday, fans, and pundits wondered if any team could be a serious contender to beat Alabama for the national title.

There are really four main contenders to dethrone Alabama. They are Georgia, Clemson, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. CBS Sports analyst Danny Kanell had some very interesting thoughts about the rest of college football’s chances against Alabama.

“ If you took out the top 5 teams in college football, you would have a wild, fascinating, wide-open chase for a championship. It actually would be incredibly fun. Instead, we’ll have to wait 4 months and see if it’s UGa, Ohio St, OU, or Clemson who ends up losing to Bama,” tweeted Kanell.

Oklahoma played a really entertaining game against Tulane. The Sooners were able to pull away and survive against the Green Wave. Still, if they want to be serious threats to win a national championship, they must execute better and limit mental mistakes. They have all the pieces to win a title, and they have a really good QB in Spencer Rattler, a great head coach in Lincoln Riley, and a solid defense.

Ohio State found a way to separate themselves from Minnesota in the second half this past Thursday night. They have shown the ability to compete with Alabama as they put up a good fight in the national championship game. CJ Stroud, the new quarterback for the Buckeyes, will have to play better, especially when they get started with conference play. Also, the defense will have to improve for this team to reach its full potential.

Clemson is the only team that has beaten Alabama in a national championship game in the Saban era, and they have done it twice. However, they have a lot of work to do after poor offensive performance against Georgia. Their new quarterback, D.J. Uiagalelei, has got to improve and do it very quickly for them to have any chance of winning a title. Their margin for error is now gone, and they will need to win out to have any chance of making the college football playoffs.

Georgia is probably the best team that could take down Alabama right now. They have one of the best defenses in the nation. They shut Clemson down basically in their backyard since the game was played in Charlotte. The big question for Georgia is they can score enough points to beat Alabama because 10 points will probably not be enough to beat them.

Alabama may have the best quarterback in the Saban era with Bryce Young under center. He is extremely talented. He will face tougher competition when conference play starts, so it will be very interesting to see how he performs, but throwing four touchdowns is a pretty good start.

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