Alabama is ranked second in the USA Today Coaches' Poll. While 'Bama is in a great position to repeat as national champions, LSU is ranked ahead of them.
Throughout the 2012 season, Alabama's opponents will all be gunning to shatter the Tide's championship hopes. A win over a top-three team is gigantic, but a win over a top-three defending national champion is so much sweeter.
While all teams will be aiming to bring the Tide down, there are few that are extreme threats; these threats are presented from least to most threatening.