If we were to consider what it will take to knock off No. 1 Alabama in their pursuit of a second national title in as many years, we must take into account the implications of a reformed BCS and what it would mean for the Crimson Tide to suffer a loss this season.
Despite a close and rather unimpressive loss to LSU in the regular season a year ago, neither team was impacted enough to keep them from a controversial rematch in the National Championship come January.
This year, with a newly implemented playoff system pitting the top four teams against one another in a single elimination playoff, one loss could be even less impactful, and, for this reason, the end of a reign in Tuscaloosa is going to take a group effort.
While Alabama will likely face stiff competition from the likes of rivals like LSU and other teams in the NCAA such as Oregon, the remainder of their schedule is no easy task and they will have to prove their grit against several upstart teams out to stem the Tide.