Shane: Defense

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By Shane from Centerpoint
This is the reality of the situation. Recent comparisons to the vaunted, championship caliber “Red Wall” defense from 1992 have begun to make the rounds. In reality this 2008 Crimson Tide stop-unit is posting the same type of numbers as the great 92 team – while sitting at or near the top in most defensive statistical categories. Future opponents will have a difficult time with this crew.

Alabama boast the 3rd ranked total, the 3rd ranked rushing, and the 6th ranked scoring defense in the nation. The Tide gives up about total 250 yards, with approx. 75 of that on the ground. They allow 12.5 points – just under 2 touchdowns per game is impressive, considering the efficiency of modern offenses.

Bama sits 27th in total pass defense, but is 7th in the more important pass efficiency category.

The Crimson Tide is 2nd in the nation in fewest yards allowed by an opponent on first down. They are also 2nd in the country in 3rd down conversions allowed – giving up a first down just 25% of the time.

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I would say that in this case the numbers don’t deceive. Alabama can potentially dominate any opponent they play. Consistency is the cornerstone of great defense. Bama has shut down the run consistently. Actually, no team the Tide has faced has been able to sustain drives or score many points.

This year’s defense has another trait in common with the best to ever wear the Crimson jersey – they have very few penalties and minimize mental errors. Tide defenders also tackle very well.

Every thing written above serves as a testament to one thing – Alabama has a very, very good defense that has the ability to disrupt the continuity of an opponent’s offense to the point of catastrophic failure.