Alabama's 2012 season would be a gauntlet even if the Tide weren't defending national champions. The fact that they are defending a title makes the season even more difficult. The toughest games of the season are against Michigan, Arkansas and LSU.
A loss in any one of those games would not be mind-blowing, although a loss to Michigan would be the most shocking of the group. For an upset to truly blow a fan's mind, it comes from a team that was a two-touchdown (or greater) underdog.
Let's take a look at the few teams flying just under the radar that will give the Tide a run for their money in 2012.