Alabama Football: Why Alabama's Defense Will Shut Out Florida Atlantic

Hector DiazAnalyst ISeptember 22, 2012

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 08:  Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks on during the game against the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 8, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Who is going to stop Alabama? Probably not Florida Atlantic.

Despite losing talent to the NFL, Nick Saban’s Alabama defense continues to impress. The Crimson Tide have allowed an average of 4.7 points per game this season. 

But what is exceptionally astonishing about this stat is that Alabama hasn’t allowed a team to score in two weeks. 

Alabama beat Arkansas 52-0 last week and won against Western Kentucky by a score of 35-0. The only team that has been able to score against the Crimson Tide has been Michigan. The Wolverines are currently averaging 36 points per game; however, they only managed to score 14 points in a 41-14 loss to Alabama. 

Even then, those points were scored as Denard Robinson attempted to lead a come back after being down 21-0 at the end of the first quarter

Florida Atlantic has scored more than 14 points on two occasions, but both were in blowout losses. The Owls only win was a 7-3 victory against Wagner, which isn’t likely to happen considering Alabama is averaging 42.7 points per game.

In comparison, Florida Atlantic has only scored 14.7 points per game and has allowed opposing offenses 30 points per game. 

Florida Atlantic has shown that they can score against a ranked team. It put up 20 in a 52-20 loss against the No. 7 Georgia Bulldogs, so there is a glimmer of hope for FAU. 

Things may not look good for Florida Atlantic. The odds are against them, but even scoring against the Crimson Tide defense would be a moral victory—that is, if they are able to.