Yes, the Crimson Tide are a juggernaut and a prohibitive favorite to win not only the Dec. 31 Peach Bowl, but also the National Championship.
Undefeated and rarely tested, Alabama can come across as a perfect team, so overloaded with talent that there's really no way to beat them.
It's going to take a lot of luck, a perfectly executed gameplan, and plenty of help from the Tide in the form of self-defeating plays, but Washington is a team that's built to actually beat Alabama.
We're not saying that it will happen — Alabama is a 14-point favorite for a reason — but if the Huskies are going to roll over the Tide, it'll be because of these three keys:
Washington's secondary can match up with Alabama
With cornerbacks Kevin King (pictured) and Sidney Jones and safety Budda Baker, Washington can match up man-to-man with Alabama in the passing game.
It might not be the most prudent decision — going man-to-man against the talent of Alabama is a fool's errand. But it's a necessity for any team in trying to beat the Tide.
Alabama true freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts has been exceptional this year, but he was one of the worst quarterbacks in the nation throwing the ball under pressure. And with Alabama's dominant offensive line, Washington, which liked to rush four and get players back into coverage in the regular season, will need to put more players in the box.
When you add in Alabama's dominant run game and injuries to two of Washington's best players, Azeem Victor and Joe Mathis, there's an even larger need to put secondary players on an island.
These guys can pull it off, though. Jones is a first-round draft pick in waiting, King is preposterously underrated, Baker has earned Earl Thomas comparisons, and there's depth at slot corner and safety in Jojo McIntosh, Taylor Rapp, and Ezekiel Turner.
Washington might have the best secondary in the nation, and it'll need to be at its best against the Tide.
The Huskies' run game can create balance
As foolish as it might seem, you have to run the ball against the Tide for your offense to be successful — there needs to be some level of balance to keep the defense honest.
It doesn't get a lot of pub, but Washington's running game was quietly one of the nation's best, averaging 5.46 yards per rush.
Washington only needs the running game to create a counter balance — it won't be the fulcrum of the Huskies' offensive attack, and that's a good thing. There is big-play potential on the ground.
Washington was in the top 30 nationally in runs of 10-plus, 20-plus, and 30-plus yards this season.
Now, can the Huskies get chunk yards on the ground against Alabama's defense? It needs to, and it has a chance. And that's an advantage compared to previous Alabama opponents — the best rushing game anyone has posted against the Tide resulted in 3.06 yards per carry.
Jake Browning can air it out
Browning was a Heisman Trophy contender for a good chunk of the season for a reason — the kid can really sling it.
And if Alabama has a single weakness, it might be in the deep passing game.
Alabama was tested once this season — a 48-43 win over Ole Miss. And in that contest, the Rebs threw for 10.5 yards per attempt.
Ole Miss stretched the field vertically and challenged Alabama's corners and safeties, which, while exceptional have been prone to give up the big play — if they give up anything. For instance, Marlon Humphrey has allowed 16.8 yards per catch in 2016 (an improvement from 2015).
Armed with the Huskies' John Ross and Dante Pettis — two of the best receivers in the nation — Browning has torn up secondaries with the deep ball this year.
He stretched the field for an entire game, too. Browning attempted 70 passes of more than 20-plus yards this season with one of the nation's best accuracies.
If Browning is given time to throw, Washington can emulate (or exceed) the Ole Miss offensive gameplan, and that gives the Huskies a chance to win.