4 Teams With the Talent and Schedule to Dethrone Alabama or Clemson in 2020 College Football Playoff

David Hayes
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It's safe to say that the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers have had a stranglehold on college football over the past four years.

We've watched five national championship games since the inception of the College Football Playoff in 2014, and Alabama and Clemson have combined for four titles. In fact, we've now seen an Alabama-Clemson matchup in three of the last four CFP title games.

Meanwhile, the rest of the college football world has been waiting for another program to finally knock one or both of these juggernauts off the top of the CFP podium. Here are the four programs that have a legitimate shot of dethroning Alabama and Clemson in 2020.

4. Florida Gators

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With the sustained rise of the Georgia Bulldogs in the SEC East, Florida has struggled to find its path to a CFP berth. While the Bulldogs handled the Gators in their 2018 meeting, Florida finished the season strong with a humiliating 41-15 win over a strong Michigan Wolverines team in the 2018 Peach Bowl. If Florida can top Georgia in the regular season, the Gators will likely have a shot at a potential CFP play-in game against the Crimson Tide in the 2019 SEC Championship.

3. LSU Tigers

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The LSU Tigers are returning 82 percent of their offensive production and 70 percent of their defensive production from last year's team. That's more than any other program that finished the 2018-19 season ranked in the last AP Top-25 poll. LSU has also had a Top-15 recruiting class every year since 2016, averaging a No. 7.75 class rank over the last four seasons, according to ESPN. With a ton of returning talent this season, LSU has a chance to earn its first win against Alabama since 2011.

2. Georgia Bulldogs

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Georgia has now blown consecutive fourth-quarter leads to Alabama in its last two title-game matchups with the Crimson Tide. However, the Bulldogs put together the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation in 2017 and followed that with the No. 1 class in 2018 and the No. 2 class in 2019, per ESPN. With one of the most talented teams in the country, Georgia has a shot to beat Alabama this season, barring another fourth-quarter collapse.

1. Texas Longhorns

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Considering Oklahoma has gone 0-4 and been outscored 176-105 in its last four games against the combination of Alabama, Clemson and Georgia, the Sooners certainly don't seem to be the Big 12's answer for a title challenger. However, Texas split its two meetings with Oklahoma last season, and the Longhorns went on to dominate the 2019 Sugar Bowl with a win over a Georgia squad that was widely considered to be the third-best team in the nation. Texas' head coach Tom Herman also beat Alabama in 2014 as Ohio State's offensive coordinator, so he knows what it takes to beat Nick Saban's Crimson Tide in the CFP.

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