Alabama Football: Ranking the Hardest Games of the 2016 Schedule

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Alabama Football: Ranking the Hardest Games of the 2016 Schedule
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Alabama will try to match what it did last year—win the national championship in spite of having a brutal schedule.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — If there’s one thing that was indisputable about the University of Alabama’s most recent national championship season, it’s the Crimson Tide played a worthy schedule.

Alabama faced nine opponents that were ranked at the time they played, which was a record for the most ever by a national champion.

It had an impressive neutral-site win in the season opener against Wisconsin. With Florida reaching the SEC Championship Game, Alabama had to play the top three teams in the East Division, and it knocked off the teams ranked No. 1 and 3 in the College Football Playoff.

Alabama also played in the sport’s toughest division, with every team ranked in the Associated Press poll at some point during the 2015 season and all seven finishing above .500 for the second straight year. Both of those things had never occurred before in college football.

This fall, it will have another challenging schedule, featuring many of the usual suspects and some new ones.

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