Experiencing a dropoff

It took a while, but loss of defensive playmakers to NFL finally affecting Bama

Updated: November 14, 2012, 11:17 AM ET
By Alex Scarborough | TideNation

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The question can finally be put to rest: Is Alabama's defense this year as good as the last?

After the past two weeks, the answer must be a resounding "No." It was fun while the argument lasted, but history is fickle and acts on its own time. Record-setting defenses come around only so often, and rarely in consecutive seasons.

As it turns out, losing three-fourths of your starters from a year ago will eventually catch up with you. You can't replace stars like Dont'a ...

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