College Football 2012: A Look at 6 Teams' Chances to Beat Alabama

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College Football 2012: A Look at 6 Teams' Chances to Beat Alabama
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The college football season is entering one of the most exciting parts of the year. 

Teams have used the first five weeks to establish definite identities based on strengths and weaknesses before entering the meat of their conference season.

We know some teams want to light up the scoreboard, posting Arena League scores week in and week out.

Other teams take a more defensive approach, suffocating opponents into making mistakes that give away the game.

Interesting storylines have developed as we’ve gone along. 

Have Texas, Florida and Notre Dame once again risen to prominence?

Is the Big 10 slipping to the level of BCS irrelevance once only reserved for the Big East? 

Can another conference challenge the mighty SEC as they seek a seventh straight championship?

Early season pretenders have been identified.  Preseason media darlings Arkansas, USC, Oklahoma and Michigan have fallen outside of the Top 10 and struggle to stay relevant in the national picture.

And as always the early season favorite has been identified: The Crimson Tide of Alabama has had little trouble disposing of opposition in starting the season 5-0.

Much hyped Michigan and Denard Robinson proved to be little more competition than a Sun Belt paycheck game.  Arkansas was beaten so badly that their injured quarterback even said his teammates gave up.  And despite playing a noticeably flat Alabama team, Ole Miss provided little in the way of competition.

But just like any other season, every team can be beaten by someone. 

Depending on showing up ready to play and actually having an opportunity to do so, six teams in the country have an opportunity to take down the Tide.

Assuming each of these teams was to earn the chance, let the countdown begin.

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