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Analyst: There Are 3 "Upper Tier" Teams Not Named Alabama

Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide in an SEC vs. Big Ten football showdown.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 01: (L-R) Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes shakes hands with head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prior to the All State Sugar Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 1, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Alabama enters the 2018 college football season coming off of yet another national title. After taking down conference rival Georgia in the title game seven months ago, the Crimson Tide are poised for a College Football Playoff run.

Or is it? Alabama is talented, but questions at the quarterback position (who will start?) and losing a litany of starters to the NFL has Nick Saban and the Tide with something to prove.

One analyst suggests the Crimson Tide don't have the makeup of a national title team. He suggests there are three other programs that can compete with Alabama.

Dave Bartoo of CFB Matrix named the three "upper tier" teams that could win the title.

Clemson and Ohio State are heavy favorites to make a run at the College Football Playoff, while Auburn showed it can compete with the big dogs during the 2017 season.

It's tough to go against Alabama as the favorite for the title. But if there are three teams ready to compete, the Buckeyes, Clemson Tigers and Auburn Tigers are right there.

The college football season kicks off on just a couple weeks.