3 Times Alabama Could Be on Upset Alert in Remaining 2019 College Football Season

By David Hayes
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Most people would agree that trying to find legitimate flaws in Alabama head coach Nick Saban's Crimson Tide program beyond, perhaps, its field-goal kicking team is nothing more than a pure reach.

Especially when it comes to attempting to highlight any potential upset traps the Tide could find themselves in this season as a program that hasn't lost to an unranked opponent since the same year the first iPhone was released in 2007.

Alabama Record vs Unranked Opponents Under Nick Saban

Since Nick Saban took over the reigns in Tuscaloosa when he joined the program in 2007, he's led Alabama to a 91-4 record against unranked opponents, or 87-4 when accounting for vacated wins from the 2007 season.

In fact, Saban's Alabama program has been so dominant against unranked opponents, the Crimson Tide's Week 5 win over Ole Miss extended its active NCAA-record winning streak against unranked opponents to 87 straight victories.

Considering the Tide have proven nearly perfect against unranked opponents under Saban, here are the three teams with the best shot to upset Alabama on its remaining 2019 schedule.

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3. Week 14: @ No. 10 Auburn (+13) – Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019

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While still at least one noticeable tier behind Alabama's caliber of competition, Auburn has surprised many by performing relatively above expectation behind true-freshman quarterback Bo Nix. Alabama has dominated the majority of Iron Bowl matchups over the past decade, with seven wins in the past 10 meetings, but Auburn has still prevailed in two of the last three battles at home on The Plains. Even though the Tigers suffered their first loss of the season to No. 7 Florida in Week 6 on the road in Gainesville, Nix should have walked away with a great learning lesson of what it's like to face some of the best defensive talent the SEC has to offer after throwing for just 145 yards on 11-for-27 passing attempts with one touchdown and three interceptions. Nix still managed to escape the day having been sacked only two times with three QB hurries. And by the time this 19-year-old talent has come out on the other side of the defensive gauntlet that includes matchups against No. 10 Florida on the road, No. 5 LSU on the road and No. 3 Georgia at home, Nix should be much more prepared for the kind of defense he'll face against No. 1 Alabama at home in the regular-season finale.

2. Week 15: vs. TBD (SEC Championship Game) – Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019

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For the second upset opportunity on this list, we're going to operate under the presumption that No. 3 Georgia makes it out of the SEC East for a third straight SEC title matchup with Alabama in Atlanta in Week 15. There's no doubt the Bulldogs have both the volume and quality of blue-chip talent it takes to hang with the Tide, and if Kirby Smart can stop blowing consecutive fourth-quarter leads to Alabama in its last two title-game matchups with the Crimson Tide, Georgia can finally get the best of Bama for the first time since 2007.

1. Week 11: vs. No. 5 LSU (+10) – Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019

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Just like every other program in the SEC, LSU has proven no exception to Alabama's warpath of dominance over the past decade under Saban. The Tigers have lost eight straight to the Tide, and it hasn't even been close lately, with Bama outscoring LSU by a combined margin of 193-73 during that stretch. However, these late LSU rosters defined by defensive tenacity have also been notoriously lacking offensive firepower, especially from the QB position. And the 2019 Tigers, lead by Heisman Trophy hopeful Joe Burrow, appear to have found the answer to that problem through Week 6 of this season. Averaging 54.6 points per game (PPG) thus far, LSU currently boasts the No. 1 scoring offense in the nation, and Burrow's arm also has the Tigers' passing attack sitting No. 2 in the land behind 450.0 passing yards per game. Considering the Tide are averaging 51.8 PPG of their own on offense, it's no secret you're going to need to put up some serious points to beat Alabama. And after Burrow torched a solid Texas Longhorns' defense for 471 passing yards, four TDs and 45 points on the road in Week 2, it looks like LSU has finally found that that missing link.

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