'Bama's rebuild D facing huge tests

By: AP
By: AP

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 1 Alabama's defense is facing huge
tests the next three weeks.

The Crimson Tide's rebuilt defense has been formidable so far.
Now, coach Nick Saban and company get to see how it stacks up
against No. 10 Arkansas and quarterback Ryan Mallett. Then come
Urban Meyer and No. 9 Florida followed by Steve Spurrier's
12th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

Even with nine new starters, the Tide has allowed one touchdown
and 19 points in its first three games. That's the fewest to start
a season for Alabama since the 1979 unit surrendered just nine
points through three games.

Alabama ranks second nationally in pass efficiency defense and
second in scoring. Among those first three opponents, only Duke is
ranked among the top 70 nationally in either passing, total or
scoring offense.


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