TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - The Iron Bowl will feature one defense
that is filled with stars and another one battling depth issues.
No. 2 Alabama enters Friday's game leading the nation in total
and pass efficiency defense and ranking second in scoring and run
defense. A thin Auburn group has allowed more points than any other
Southeastern Conference defense and has struggled in the fourth
Auburn coach Gene Chizik said an Alabama defense led by Terrence
Cody, Rolando McClain and Javier Arenas has talent, coaching and
Alabama's Nick Saban says the Tigers play defense hard and with
toughness. He says they've "improved tremendously," especially in
Auburn's star is end Antonio Coleman, who leads the SEC in sacks
and tackles for loss.