Alabama football has looked incredible through six weeks, but even the Crimson Tide are not perfect. Still, virtually everyone is penciling the team in for another run at a national championship.
There is a ton of football yet to be played, but a group of four teams have emerged as the main competition, and other favorites for the College Football Playoff field.
Three of the teams are pretty obvious. Clemson and Georgia were both in the playoff last season, and Ohio State is one of the only teams with the talent to go toe-to-toe with ‘Bama.
According to ESPN’s Trevor Matich, however, those three are not the teams best prepared to take on Alabama right now.
Matich thinks that, as of today, Notre Dame would be the biggest threat to Alabama football.
The Fighting Irish have look lights out on offense since installing Ian Book as the team’s starting quarterback a few weeks ago, and the defense has been very good all year.
Matich has concerns about Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence being ready to face the Tide by year’s end as a true freshman, and said that Ohio State gave up too many big plays defensively, and seemed to insinuate that the Fighting Irish were the most well-rounded club of that group.
Some fans on Twitter are not impressed with his analysis:
*question who’s the biggest threat to Alabama?*
Trevor Matich : Notre Dame
— vincent (@TheGawddd) October 10, 2018
Trevor Matich has got to be the worst college football analyst ESPN has. His opinions are HORRIBLE.
— Mo (@mes10_) October 10, 2018
Trevor Matich just said Notre Dame is Bama's biggest threat and I about fell out of my seat while eating dinner. Bless his heart.
— Parrish Walton (@ParrishWalton) October 10, 2018
He’s not alone, though. On Saturday, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly, creator of the S&P+ analytics system, says that Notre Dame has absolutely played its way up into the “Big Five” with ‘Bama, Clemson, Georgia, and Ohio State.
Notre Dame hosts Pitt this weekend.