Top-ranked Alabama isn’t as untouchable as it looks this season, according to ESPN college football analyst Tim Tebow.
Stop with the invincibility discussion, says Tebow, who believes there are three teams who could beat the Crimson Tide as we approach the end of the 2018 season and Alabama’s question for its sixth national championship since 2009.
“Is Tua’s injury a huge issue? Absolutely it is. Is Alabama still the best team in the country? Yes. But there are (several) teams that could play with them,” Tebow said during Saturday’s SportsCenter appearance. “One is Georgia here in the SEC Championship. Kirby Smart knows how to game plan and we saw that last national championship. And also Clemson. With that defensive line if they’re able to face off in the Playoff, I think they can give them a game.
“But one team to watch out for, if Ohio State can make a run, Urban Meyer also give Nick Saban fits. that offense with Dwayne Haskins, that could be another big-time matchup for Alabama in the future.”
Currently ranked 10th in the Playoff Top 25, the Buckeyes (9-1) are a longshot to reach the final four, but are one of the nation’s most talented teams from an overall roster standpoint. Ohio State plays Maryland on Saturday before hosting Michigan next week in a game that will determine the Big Ten’s Playoff frontrunner heading into the league title game against Northwestern.
But could Ohio State’s inconsistent offense score on a unit that’s posted back-to-back shutouts?
Nick Saban said this week that Alabama’s 24-0 win over Mississippi State woke up his team up a bit.
“If you ever go to the championship fight and you see two guys fighting for the championship, they didn’t get there if they couldn’t take a punch,” Saban said. “Somewhere along the line, those guys that are fighting for the championship got clocked, and it doesn’t mean they lost a fight, it just means they had to respond to a challenge. They had to respond and overcome adversity in the game.
“I think that that’s something that kind of woke our offense up a little bit. Things have gone really easily for us most of the year this year in terms of scoring points, getting ahead in games, and sometimes you get a little lax. You don’t pay attention to detail, you don’t play with the same discipline, you don’t finish things the right way, you take things for granted. And I think that our guys responded really well this week because we have practiced a little better, and hopefully, we’ll play a little better in this game because of it.”
Alabama has battled Clemson three consecutive years in the Playoff and beat Georgia in January to win the national title.