So you’re saying there’s a chance?! Actually, yes. Nebraska could beat Alabama. Penn State could beat Alabama, so why not the Cornhuskers?
It’s a little more believable than you might think. Alabama’s defense was fantastic last year, but they only return two starters. Given, their replacements are incredibly talented, but it’s week one and everyone’s prone to a mistake or two. Still, the Crimson Tide has the upper hand here against the Cornhuskers.
When the Blackshirts take the field, it’s a different story. Eight starters return from an Alabama offense that ran the ball well. You have to when you want to produce a Heisman Trophy-winning running back. Unfortunately, Greg McElroy is not the best passer in the SEC, let alone the country.
This plays into the Nebraska defense’s hands. The secondary being perhaps the best unit that the Blackshirts have to offer, if the Cornhuskers were to have any shot at toppling the Tide, it would come by stopping Ingram.
Forcing McElroy to pass isn’t an easy proposition. Should Nebraska’s line manage to work around offensive tackle James Carpenter and force a bit of pressure, No. 1 might just go down.
Much like OSU, Nebraska would need luck and then some to force Alabama’s hand, but it’s possible. Just not probable.
Chances of winning: Very unlikely