1. Alabama Crimson Tide
Last meeting: Never played
All-time series: 0-0
This matchup, as you may remember during the Chip Kelly era, was highly anticipated by many people due to how exciting it would have been due to the high-powered offenses of both teams.
There’s more to simple entertainment value in this matchup, as it was close to happening many times like in the first College Football Playoff, where Alabama’s seven-point loss to Ohio State prevented the chance of the matchup happening, and many other examples as well.
The ties between the programs are also strong, as Greg Byrne, who has served as Alabama’s athletic director since 2017, worked at the University of Oregon from 1995-1998, spent most of his life in Eugene, and is also the son of Bill Byrne, Oregon’s athletic director between 1984 and 1992, and let’s not forget the coaching ties, as Dan Lanning and Mario Cristobal both worked together for Nick Saban in the 2015 season, where the Tide won the national championship.
Just like the No. 3 choice, there’s a three-way debate for who would get the final spot in this year’s CFP, and an Oregon vs. Alabama game would make the debate even more exciting and finally get settled down, with the fact of it being a first-time matchup with strong team ties adding a lot of fuel to the fire.