If you could choose a Challenger to Bama
If you were given the task of single-handedly selecting the team, who simply has the best chance of beating Alabama who would it be? Ignore W/L records and BCS standings and consider other SEC teams and Ohio State eligible. If you were to get paid if your team wins, who would you choose as their Challenger?
I really don't know how I would answer this at first thought. I can tell you I would not choose Oregon, or Kansas State or Oklahoma. Also not Florida and LSU - both have an anemic offense.
For me it would come down to Georgia, Ohio State, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, and South Carolina.
Now SC could win but were inconsistent, so scratch them. Ohio State played in a very average conference so scratch them. Texas A&M are a great team but they were peaking and caught Bama in a trap game. It wouldn't happen again, Scratch A&M. Notre Dame's extrordinary defense makes them my second choice. They will make it close with Bama. But the Irish never dominated anyone all year and they got very lucky to be sitting at #1 right now. Purdue and Pitt outplayed them. ND not my first choice.
I would choose Georgia. The Dawgs played the Tide on a night when the both teams fought hard and Georgia played a downright even game against Bama, and you know Bama was a totally psyched up for the SEC championship and the last roadblock the NC. Georgia played even or better than Bama's best. They would be my first choice.
Here's my list of best challengers:
2. Notre Dame
3. Ohio State
4. Texas A&M
5. South Carolina
8. Florida State
Last edited by ShowMeTigers; 12-03-2012 at 11:25 PM..