Alabama's defense was No. 1 last season even with a few flaws, a testament to Nick Saban and Kirby Smart's system. This spring, they'll try to improve it.
Alabama won the national title and its offense was a major reason why. Alex Scarborough hands out his grades.
Alabama will be facing the best defense in the nation in Notre Dame, and it starts with dealing with the Fighting Irish's defensive front.
Alabama might have bought into the hype, but then Texas A&M beat the Tide. Now, with two wins standing in the way of another BCS title apperance, Nick Saban has his team focused only on Auburn.
It took a couple of months, but the loss of several key defenders to the NFL has finally cost Alabama, as the Crimson Tide has suffered from a lack of big plays.
Alabama will bring its ball-hawking defense to Death Valley to face the LSU offense on Saturday, ready to pounce on any Tiger turnovers.
With Alabama in its bye week, TideNation grades out the performance of the Crimson Tide defense during the first five weeks.