Alabama has the most impressive victory to date with a victory over the Michigan Wolverines. Although the Arkansas Razorbacks ruined much of the hype for this week’s matchup, a victory in Fayetteville should still be considered impressive.
The Crimson Tide also take a trip to Columbia to play a feisty Missouri team. They will also travel to Knoxville to play a ranked Tennessee squad, a road game against LSU and two underrated SEC teams in Texas A&M and Mississippi State.
Looking at the schedule of USC, the only tough games it has all year are against Oregon and Notre Dame. A trip to the Rose Bowl may be tricky, but we are talking about a Bruins team that has only won one game against the Trojans in the last 13 years. The rest should be cake walks for the Trojans, including this week’s matchup against Stanford, a team that let San Jose State give them a run.
Oregon is in exactly the same boat as USC, playing virtually nobody in the weak Pac-12.
LSU has the best chance of jumping Alabama, as it plays teams such as Florida and South Carolina before the big matchup against the Crimson Tide. But does anybody actually expect the Gators, a team that is terrible on offense, to give the Tigers a legitimate run? And South Carolina plays Georgia the week before the matchup with LSU, a game that the Gamecocks could lose, resulting in a drop in the rankings.
Alabama has the talent to possibly run the table and has a schedule advantage that will help it remain in the No. 1 spot along the way.