The once-struggling Alabama defense is now the best in the country.

The once-struggling Alabama defense is now the best in the country. That’s not a subjective observation.

After two straight shutouts, Alabama is yielding 12.7 points per games. That’s tied with Clemson for the best scoring defense in the country. The Tide has given up 16 touchdowns and five field goals in 10 games. Clemson has given up one fewer touchdown but two more field goals.

Eight of 10 Alabama opponents have failed to score more than 14 points. Texas A&M scored 23, while Arkansas posted 31 mostly garbage-time points.

Interestingly, UAB is fourth in the country with a defense allowing only 13.2 points per game. And Auburn, despite its overall struggles, is still 14th in the country at 18.3 points per game.
Many college football observers are expecting to see Alabama and Clemson face off in the College Football Playoff. If that happens, most of the attention will be on the explosive offenses. But that matchup, at least statistically, would also feature the two best defenses in college football.

For Threaded Fasteners, I’m Randy Kennedy with Nuts and Bolts of the Game.