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Bama Defense Could Lead The Nation In Four Different Stats

Early in the season, pundits from Birmingham to Sports Illustrated wondered aloud if this year’s Alabama defensive unit was the best D of all time.

Heady stuff.

Turns out the Crimson Tide was quite good enough to fend off LSU at home, so the “best ever” talk has died down in recent weeks.  Still, Bama could be the best defense of the past 25 years from a statistical standpoint.

Mark Inabinett of Al.com points out today that Kirby Smart’s crew could lead the nation in all four of the major defensive statistical categories: rushing defense, passing defense, total defense and scoring defense.  The last team to accomplish that feat was the 1986 Oklahoma Sooners led by Brian Bosworth.  (That defense gave up just 6.6 point and 169.6 yards per game en route to an 11-1 record and a #2 national ranking.)

Here are the current rankings in each of the four major defensive stats:


Rushing Defense

School
Yards Allowed
Avg. Yds Per Rush
Rush TDs Allowed
Yards Allowed Per Game
Alabama
519
1.82
2
51.9
Cincinnati
721
2.39
6
80.1
LSU
838
2.61
6
83.8
Fla. State
850
2.35
7
85.0
Georgia
871
2.88
9
87.1



Passing Defense

School
Yards Allowed
Avg. Yds Per Att.
Pass TDs Allowed
Yards Allowed Per Game
Alabama
1295
4.5
5
129.5
Wisconsin
1463
6.0
8
146.3
S. Carolina
1505
5.1
12
150.5
Mich. State
1575
5.7
13
157.5
Penn State
1677
5.4
6
167.7



Total Defense

School
Total Yards Allowed
Yards Allowed Per Play
Yards Allowed Per Game
Alabama 1814
3.15
181.4
LSU
2532
4.01
253.2
Mich. State
2594
4.14
259.4
Georgia
2733
4.44
273.3
Fla. State
2795
4.19
279.5



Scoring Defense

School
 TDs Allowed
FGs Allowed
Total Points Allowed
Points Allowed Per Game
Alabama
7
7
71
7.1
LSU
11
9
107
10.7
Penn State
14
11
129
12.9
Temple
18
3
136
13.6
Michigan
20
5
155
15.5


 




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