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Alabama could play the following schedule...

Oklahoma St
Boise St

and they would still finish as the #1 ranked defense. This defense was not just #1 across the board but by wide margins especially when you look at advanced stats like yards per play where Alabama just soul crushed teams. Nearly every team they played had by far their worst effort of the season in getting their yards per play reduced to absurdly low levels.

That's one of the reasons Alabama came into the title game as the betting favorite over LSU. Neither LSU or Alabama had had a close game all year besides their previous game but Alabama had performed far better against common opponents than LSU did when you look at yards per play and other things.

This team is rightly regarded as having possibly the best defense of all time or at least in the last 50 years of college football.
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