No. 2 Alabama has been nothing short of impressive in 2011.
The Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) have a strong offense (14th with 39.4 points a game) and the nation's top defense (6.9 points and 180.5 yards a game).
Running back Trent Richardson (989 yards, 17 touchdowns) is a leading Heisman Trophy candidate as he has left opponents in the dust. Richardson's most impressive outing was Oct. 15's road win over Ole Miss where he had 183 yards on 17 carries for four scores.
Linebacker Courtney Upshaw (27 tackles, 4.5 sacks and a pick) leads the defensive effort.
Games against Mississippi State (3-4, 0-4) and Georgia Southern (7-0, 5-0 Southern) should be cakewalks. However, No. 1 LSU (8-0, 5-0) and No. 23 Auburn (5-3, 3-2) will be the biggest hurdles for Alabama to make the national title game. Alabama is hosting LSU Saturday in an epic SEC showdown with national championship chances on the line.
The Tigers offense is scary, posting 37 touchdowns in eight games. Wide receiver Rueben Randle (638 yards, seven touchdowns) and running backs Spencer Ware and Michael Ward (combined 953 yards and 12 touchdowns) lead the Tigers offense.
For the defense, cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (43 tackles, two interceptions, 1.5 sacks) is one of the nation's top corners. Defensive ends Barkevious Mingo (20 tackles, six for loss, four sacks) and Sam Montgomery (27 tackles, four for loss, four sacks) make opposing quarterbacks and running backs quiver.
If Alabama wins or loses an extremely close game, Auburn could possibly knock them off.
Playing home, Auburn will have hopes to derail LSU's title hopes. Auburn is led by running back Michael Dyer (812 yards, eight touchdowns) and defensive end Corey Lemonier (31 tackles, nine for loss, six sacks).