To no surprise, Alabama debuted as the No. 1 team in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the 2020 season on Tuesday.

While the Crimson Tide look poised to return to the Playoff after missing the tournament for the first time ever last season, there look to be more challengers this season than ever before as No. 2 Notre Dame, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Texas A&M, No. 6 Florida and No. 7 Cincinnati are all playing great football deep into November.

So which team is the biggest threat to Alabama at this point?

Tim Tebow was asked that question during a Friday appearance on ESPN’s First Take show.

“I think it’s Clemson,” Tebow answered. “Everyone wants to knock Clemson, ‘Oh, you go on the road and you lose to in overtime against a really good Notre Dame team with a backup quarterback.’ No, we need to understand this Clemson team is still really, really good.

“If they play on a neutral field, that game is probably a toss-up. That’s how good Clemson is with they are healthy, when they are ready to go.”

What makes Clemson stand out among the field?

Trevor Lawrence has the combination of talent and experience that should scare Alabama, says the Heisman Trophy winner from Florida.

“I think Alabama should be No. 1, but I think people should also understand that when you are missing one of the top prospects in the last 10 years at the quarterback position, it makes a difference,” Tebow continued. “I’m not trying to knock (Clemson backup QB) DJ (Uiagalelei), but what I’m saying is Trevor in his third year when they’ve been to back-to-back championships, it’s a different team when Trevor Lawrence is on the field.

“We still need to put respect around Trevor and Clemson because they have earned it, they deserve it.”