Alabama Football: Week seven, key games for Crimson Tide fans

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11: The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy is seen on the field before the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 11: The College Football Playoff National Championship Trophy is seen on the field before the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game between the Clemson Tigers and the Alabama Crimson Tide at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) /
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Future Alabama football opponent, Auburn
ATLANTA, GA – JANUARY 01: Kam Martin #9 of the Auburn Tigers is tackled by the UCF Knights. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images) /

UCF vs. Memphis

When you think of the rivalries of the Crimson Tide, names like Auburn, LSU, Tennessee, and Ole Miss come to mind. Maybe even some historical foes like George Tech and Southern Miss may pop up. All of these teams have one thing in common; they have endured many long-lasting on-field battles with the Tide.

Never in anybody’s wildest dreams did they think that in 2017 the UCF Knights would deliberately create an off-field skirmish with the reigning National Champions, Alabama. Under Scott Frost, the Knights finished 13-0 in 2017. They scarcely beat the Memphis Tigers in the AAC Championship game and then embarrassed the Auburn Tigers in the Peach Bowl. The impressive squad was ranked No. 6 in the final AP Poll.

The Knights claimed themselves as the “real” National Champions. Much of the Bama Nation found this amusing. The Crimson Tide laughed and shrugged it off, while proudly holding up their CFP Championship Trophy.

Now, here we are in 2018. It has been a cakewalk for the Knights so far. They are proving to the nation that they don’t need Scott Frost. First-year coach, Josh Heupel, and legendary DC, Randy Shannon, have managed to keep the Knights undefeated.

This week’s matchup with the Memphis Tigers will be the Knights’ toughest game of the season. Mike Norvell and company led the Tigers to the ACC Championship game, last year, where they gave UCF everything they had. After two overtimes, the Knights came away with the victory.

This will definitely be a battle of the offenses. Both team’s offenses are ranked in the nation’s Top 10. They are fast, dynamic, and physical. It should really be a high scoring game. Memphis is the most dominating squad that UCF will face all season. I expect the Tigers to put up big numbers, but Randy Shannon’s growing defense will allow the Knights to stay in the lead. The incredible and insanely fast offense of UCF paves the way to victory.

Bama Hammer Contributor, Bryant Barger: UCF 52 Memphis 44