The numbers looked good for Alabama's defense last season. The Crimson Tide was among the Southeastern Conference and nation's best in most defensive categories, allowing 13.5 points and 286 yards per game.
The numbers, however, were a bit misleading. In losses to South Carolina, LSU and Auburn, the inexperience of the Tide's defense was often exposed. Now with a year's worth of seasoning, Alabama's defense is flashing a championship look.
The second-ranked Crimson Tide smothered Penn State in a 27-11 victory Saturday, with defensive backs Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick, DeQuan Menzie and Robert Lester leading the charge. [Read More]