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Poised to pounce

Bama will bring its ball-hawking D to LSU ready to pounce on Tiger turnovers

Updated: October 31, 2012, 4:39 PM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It seemed utterly implausible in February: Alabama's defense couldn't possibly follow up a lofty championship season and match it, right? The Crimson Tide's 2011 defense was improbably good. The numbers were jaw-dropping, the dominance historic.

What happened in April only further built the case against a repeat performance. Mark Barron, Dre Kirkpatrick and Dont'a Hightower were all selected in the first round of the NFL draft. Courtney Upshaw followed early in the second, ...

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