Alabama Football: Could the Crimson Tide receive playoff help this week?

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The Washington Huskies remain undefeated despite a few close calls this season against Oregon, Arizona, USC, Stanford, and Arizona State. The Utah Utes love nothing more than playing spoiler while they also still have an outside chance at a bid to the final Pac-12 championship. For the Huskies, this is game two of a three-game stretch of ranked opponents knocking off the USC Trojans last weekend. The Utah Utes have been anything but normal on offense as returning starter Cam Rising has yet to play this season and Quarterbacks Nate Johnson and Bryson Barnes have both played a significant number of snaps in his absence. The key for Utah as always will be defense, they’ve held six opponents to 14 points or less allowing Johnson and Barnes to play stress free football. The Washington defense hasn’t exactly played great as of late allowing 33 points to Stanford and 42 points to USC. Should Utah slow the high-powered Washington the Washington defense should give them many chances to stay close in this game and potentially end Washington’s undefeated season.

A Utah win would be massive for the Alabama Football team because again it would guarantee another conference would have a one-loss champion if the Crimson Tide can handle its own business. The Utah defense could provide some help for Jalen Milroe as he’s moved into the top ten of the Heisman trophy odds and could continue to climb if the favorite Penix struggles against the Utah defense.