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Washington could be the toughest test for Alabama's defense

Alabama's stingy defense will face perhaps its toughest test against Jake Browning and Washington.

The top-ranked Crimson Tide, fresh from facing teams with pedestrian passing games, will play the Huskies Dec. 31 in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta's Georgia Dome. That's where Alabama (13-0) just dispatched Florida 54-16 in the Southeastern Conference championship game.

The defending national champs are trying to go wire-to-wire No. 1 and become the first NCAA team to go 15-0. Alabama has made each of the first three College Football Playoffs and won 25 straight games.

"There was a lot of talk out there about the playoffs and not much talk about the SEC championship...