Athlon Sports identifies trap game, biggest challenger for Alabama

Is there any chance Alabama doesn’t make it back to the College Football Playoff this season? Based on the last two weeks, the Crimson Tide continues to be a heavy favorite to be back playing for the national championship again this year.

But there’s still a lot of the regular season to be played. And although Alabama beat Vanderbilt and Ole Miss by a combined score of 125-3 over the past two weeks, perhaps there will be more challenging games ahead.

On Monday, Athlon Sports’ Bryan Fischer identified a potential trap game and biggest challenger for both Alabama and Clemson — the two teams that played for the national title last year and are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the country right now.

Trap game: At Mississippi State on Nov. 11

Mississippi State got off to a great start this season, improving to 3-0 when it beat LSU on Sept. 16. However, the Bulldogs have lost two games in a row, falling to Georgia and Auburn.

But Fischer points out that this road game comes a week after facing LSU, and dual-threat quarterback Nick Fitzgerald could potentially pose a threat to Alabama’s defense.

“At some point Alabama will face some adversity and this seems like a potential spot,” Fischer writes.

Biggest challenge: At Auburn on Nov. 25

The Crimson Tide again closes the regular season with the Iron Bowl, and rivalry games can always be close, no matter what the teams’ records are.

This year, the Tigers have won three games in a row since losing to Clemson on Sept. 9. Their most impressive win came on Saturday, when they handily defeated Mississippi State, 49-10.

If Auburn continues to trend in this direction, it could challenge Alabama, as Fischer notes.

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