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So if these two teams were to play this weekend, who would you pick? Well, thankfully that matchup isn't for another few weeks, which gives us more time to evaluate and learn about these two teams. If I had to make a pick right now for the team that is in the best position to make a title run, I would say it is the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Alabama has proven the most so far in absolutely dominating a Michigan Wolverines team. The defense—that was a major concern after losing many key contributors—seems to be ahead of the learning curve. The running game is looking terrific, as T.J. Yeldon has given the offensive an explosive playmaker that this team has lacked over the years. And the quarterback position is better in Tuscaloosa with McCarron really stepping up in the big moments and making plays for his team.
But then again, LSU is certainly no slouch and is considered a top three team in both polls for a reason. However, with both squads being ridiculous defensively, the winning offense will have to be balanced, keeping the opposing defense on its toes. A total of five of the last seven meetings have been decided by single-digits, and while both were great defensively, the offense that was able to be effective in the air and on the ground is 5-2 in those games.
Of course, there is a lot of time between now and then, but if I had to pick today, I would say Alabama is in better position to win its third national championship in four years.