A lot of so-called experts wrote off the Alabama Crimson Tide after their loss to the Ole Miss Rebels, but we're here to prove that their snap judgments were misguided by Making The Case For Alabama As A College Football Playoff Team.
3. Derrick Henry
In this era of college football, it's hard to contend unless you have an elite running back chewing up yards from the backfield. Derrick Henry's that guy for Alabama. The junior RB has already rushed for 901 yards through seven games, including a 236-yard, 2-TD masterpiece in Saturday's 41-23 beatdown of Texas A&M. He's scored 12 touchdowns this year altogether with a score in all seven Alabama contests.
With Henry churning for just under six yards per carry, Bama's offense can match up against any of the high-wire acts dotting the top of the AP Poll right now.
2. Run Defense
Alabama has faced its share of celebrated running games (Wisconsin, Georgia, etc.), and they've still held opponents to just 70.9 yards on the ground per game. Line up the Tide run defense against any running back in the nation and they'll be fine. That includes LSU's Heisman favorite, Leonard Fournette, if you're wondering.
1. Strength Of Schedule
Want to know why Alabama is unquestionably the best one-loss team in all of college football? Per TeamRankings.com, Alabama has played the toughest overall schedule of any team in the nation. Road wins over Georgia and Texas A&M loom large, along with the Tide's season-opening neutral site win over Wisconsin. Looking forward, Bama still has a game against LSU and always-tough road games against Mississippi State and Auburn to go. If Alabama wins out and wins the SEC title game, they deserve to be in over most UNDEFEATED teams, let alone one-loss squads.
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