No. 4 Alabama's defense coming off 2 rough games

Updated: November 15, 2012, 6:31 PM ET
Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama spent two months barely seeming to miss all those defensive stars now in the NFL.

The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide has certainly felt their absence the past two weeks when it became evident this defense doesn't quite measure up to the lofty standards set by the 2009 and 2011 national championship groups.

The still-formidable defense has had uncharacteristic missed tackles and struggles getting the opposing offense off the field on third downs against No. ...

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