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Alabama earned a top two ranking in the first BCS ranking by playing dominating defense and running the football.
The Tide rank first in the SEC and 12th in the nation in rushing yards per game, with over 240 rush yards per game so far this season.
Trent Richardson is a legitimate Heisman front runner with an outstanding 912 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns in just seven games.
When a team lines up against the Alabama offense, they can expect a heavy dose of quality run blocking lineman and Richardson, a hard to catch and hard to tackle running back.
Alabama can pass some too, as A.J. McCarron is getting better each game after a slow start in game one. Alabama averages 420 total yards per game, good for second in the SEC in total offense.
However, with all do respect to Trent and the offense, the best unit on this team is the defense.
This is the best defense in the nation, and through seven games, may be one of the better overall defenses you will ever see.
The Tide are first in the nation in total defense, giving up a stingy 184 yards per game.
Alabama is giving up just 34 rushing yards per game on defense. Yes, 34. That is not a typo. That is dominant defense.
The Tide defense is fifth in the nation in passing defense, giving up only 128 pass yards a game. It is hard to rush or pass againt this squad.
This pretty much sums it up: In an average game this season, Alabama averages 236 more yards on offense than their opponent.
Alabama has outscore the competition an average of 40 to 7 so far in 2011.
While it may not be against the toughest schedule in the country so far, the Tide still have wins over top 25 Penn State on the road, and top 10 Arkansas at home. They also beat Florida, when they were undefeated, had a health John Brantley and were ranked in the top 25.
This is a team that deserves a top ranking.