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Every year, more than 100 FBS college teams take the field, but most of them will never sniff the national championship. Eastern Michigan, for example, is just dreaming of a bowl game, not of making the playoffs. Even bigger teams, like, say, USC, aren’t going to truly contend this year. There are only a handful of college teams that could plausibly win the title this year, and here they are. If you think we missed a team, you are going to have to try awfully hard to convince us of their title chances. We’re looking at you, Wolverine fans. This isn’t your year. Additionally, this doesn't seem like the season for a Group of Five team to crack the playoff — not with Houston and Boise State having already lost. Try to prove us wrong, Central Florida.
Alabama Crimson Tide
We have to start with Nick Saban and his Alabama team. The Crimson Tide are the defending champions, and it feels like they are defending every year, even when they aren’t. Tua Tagovailoa has given Alabama a whole new look under center. The Tide have won titles with game managers. Now they have an actual dynamic playmaker who could win a Heisman. It’s going to be immensely difficult for anybody to take down the Tide this year, and even if they lose a game, the benefit of the doubt could easily get them into the playoffs.