Alabama is such a college football powerhouse that it really shouldn't be afraid of playing anyone. Therefore, why does it still schedule itself to play against such weak mid-major teams? There are some talented teams out there that deserve a shot against the national champs, so here are five mid-major teams Alabama should try to schedule instead of cupcakes.
Memphis has been one of the best teams in the American Athletic Conference for a while now, and the results show. The Tigers posted a 10-3 overall record last season while being ranked as high as No. 16 in the Associated Press poll and have been in four bowl games in the past four seasons.
4. Boise State
Dating back to 1999, Boise State has finished either first or second in the Mountain West conference. That's a staggering number, and in those 19 years, the Broncos have only missed a bowl game once. In 2017, the team went 11-3 overall and defeated Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl.
3. Central Florida
It'd be fun for the self-anointed national champions to go up against the official national champions. The Knights went undefeated in a historic run last season, finishing 13-0 overall and defeating Auburn in the Peach Bowl. The Knights didn't earn a place in the playoffs last year, but they deserve some consideration for a matchup with Alabama.
The Houston Cougars are still adjusting to the Major Applewhite era, but they have proven to be a formidable team over the years. In the 2016 season under Tom Herman, Houston took down Oklahoma and Louisville, teams at the time ranked No. 3 and No. 5, respectively.
1. Florida Atlantic
The Owls are known to have one of the hottest offenses in college football, and under Lane Kiffin, they are poised for sustained success. The team went 8-0 against Conference USA teams under Kiffin's helm and won the Boca Raton Bowl in a landslide.