BATON ROUGE, LA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Running back Nick Brossette #4 of the LSU Tigers runs the ball as linebacker Willie Hibbler #17 of the Mississippi Rebels defends during the third quarter at Tiger Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  (Photo by Marianna Massey/Getty Images)

4 College Football Teams That Can Legitimately Beat Alabama This Year

Fresh off a National Championship, Alabama might be playing with their most talented roster yet. 


Before they reach the College Football Playoffs, they will likely play three more Top-25 opponents between the regular season and SEC Championship. 


Here are four teams that have a shot to bring down the Crimson Tide before the lay claim to back-to-back titles. 



4. #21 Mississippi State

Mississippi State has been competitive, even in their three losses (all to ranked oppenents - Kentucky, LSU and Florida). Historically, Nick Saban hates mobile quarterbacks and MSU starter, Nick Fitzgerald, has carried the ball for 732 yards on the year, averaging 5.3 Y/C. 


They have to travel to Tuscaloosa, but this looks more and more like a classic trap game following an expectedly tough match-up for Alabama at LSU. 

3. #6 Georgia

This game assumes that Georgia wins the SEC East and reaches the SEC Championship, but they helped their odds with a win over Florida in Jacksonville. 


If anyone gets up for a game against Alabama, it's the team they defeated in overtime to take the National Championship a year ago: the Georgia Bulldogs. 


Former Saban assistant, Kirby Smart, is still waiting for his first victory over his former team.

2. Auburn

Auburn has had a disappointing season to say the least, but the Iron Bowl is always a fight. Ranked or not, Auburn will have no trouble coming into Tuscaloosa motivated. Additionally, Auburn could be fighting for a Bowl berth ,and what better way to end the season than by bringing down their biggest rival.

1. #4 LSU

We already saw what LSU did to Georgia just a few weeks ago. This Saturday, they'll get a shot to take down Alabama on their own turf. Currently sitting a #4 in latest AP Poll, LSU leads the nation with 14 interceptions and has the No. 1 overall defense. If anyone is going to slow down Alabama before the CFP this season, it feels like LSU is the team.