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As of today, No. 2 Alabama has five no-doubt victories—Kent State (Sept. 3), North Texas (Sept. 17), Vanderbilt (Oct. 8), Ole Miss (Oct. 15) and Georgia Southern (Nov. 19)—on the schedule.
While there are other games that appear to be logical wins, nothing is guaranteed.
Start with the Sept. 10 road game with Penn State. Alabama has more talent, and Nick Saban will easily out-coach whatever assistant is calling the plays while Joe Paterno tries to find his seat in the press box. But Beaver Stadium will be rocking that afternoon, and Penn State could pull an upset.
Now add back-to-back games with No. 15 Arkansas (Sept. 24) and No. 22 Florida (Oct. 1), and you see why Alabama could have a tough time getting to October undefeated.
‘Bama gets a small break with a home date against Tennessee on Oct. 22, but that’s a heated rivalry, so anything is possible. There’s the showdown with No. 4 LSU (Nov. 5) and a road game with No. 20 Mississippi State (Nov. 12) as well, and the season closes with the Iron Bowl at No. 23 Auburn on Nov. 26.
Wait a second, are we sure Alabama doesn’t have the toughest road?