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Alabama defense

Swimming against the tide is difficult. Running against the Tide is even more so.

The Alabama Crimson Tide ranked No. 2 nationally in run defense last fall, allowing just 74.1 rushing yards per game. Moreover, it permitted just 2.7 yards per carry and a mere 5 rushing touchdowns in 14 games. Incredibly, Bama's run defense could be even better in 2009 than it was in 2008. That's because most of the key components from last year's stop unit are back for another go-around this...

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