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Paul Finebaum: Only Auburn, Florida State Can Beat Alabama

Only two teams can beat the preseason No. 1 team in the country.

Alabama is going to be the preseason No. 1 team in college football. The Crimson Tide sit atop all the way-too-early preseason top 25s, anyway.

Who can beat them this fall?

Only two teams, according to ESPN analyst Paul Finebaum.

Finebaum says that Alabama's Week 1 game against Florida State and the end-of-season game against Auburn are the only two threats to a perfect season for Nick Saban.

"It will not be a big surprise — Alabama is going to be No. 1 and I don't think it's going to be close," Finebaum said on ESPN this morning, per 247Sports. "The most interesting thing is will Florida State be No. 2. We've never had a 1 vs. 2 matchup in the opening weekend. We always get that in the final game. This could be the first time. Alabama's a 5.5 to 6.5-point favorite and I think that's a very dangerous game.

"Alabama does not have very many dangerous games. Really the opener against FSU and the closer at Auburn, a place where the Tide lost four years ago. Other than that, most of the others games are going to be laughers."

Alabama and Florida State are set to play at 8 p.m. E.T. on Saturday, Sept. 2 in Atlanta.