The primary reason the SEC has dominated college football for the better part of the last decade is because of the superior brand of defense exhibited throughout the league.
Last season, five SEC teams finished in the top 10—including the top three defenses overall—in total defense nationally.
Nick Saban’s Alabama squad led the way, but his team had to navigate through some nasty defenses to earn the national title in 2011.
Heading into the 2012 season, the Crimson Tide will have go through traditional defensive powers like LSU and Michigan if they hope to repeat as national champions for the first time since 1978-79.
Which teams will provide the toughest tests for new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier and the Crimson Tide offense this season?
Find out in this power ranking of each defense the Tide will face in 2012.