Just put together some numbers about Alabama's defense that made me think they're not as great as we might suppose. Alabama is currently #1 among FBS schools allowing 181 yards per game. Here is a list of teams Alabama has played. First number is yards Alabama allowed. Second number is that team's average in all games played. Third is their offensive ranking. Kent State 90 avg. 180.57 #120 Penn State 251 avg. 373.14 #78 North Texas 169 avg. 292.43 #111 Arkansas 226 avg. 466.17 #23 Florida 222 avg. 353.71 #89 Vanderbilt 190 avg 292.43#116 Ole Miss 141 avg. 251.83 #117 It appears that the only top-flight offense Alabama has played is Arkansas, even discounting Florida's miserable offensive performance since losing Brantley. There's also the argument that all these teams have played Alabama, and some have played LSU, which would skew the numbers slightly. I don't think over six games it's THAT big a factor though. Glad I looked it up: although Alabama is holding everyone below their average, they're playing some pretty terrible offenses. Just a thought. Alabama's defense is no doubt stout, but I don't know they're the world-beater people think they are.