With a deep and versatile front and the talented likes of Reggie Ragland and Reuben Foster at linebacker, Alabama's chief question defensively entering this season centered on its secondary.
There has been good and bad with the defensive backs through two games, and the truest test yet for the nationally second-ranked Crimson Tide takes place Saturday when No. 15 Ole Miss invades Bryant-Denny Stadium. The Rebels have scored 21 touchdowns already, including 18 on offense.
"They like to go fast and line up quick," Tide senior cornerback Cyrus Jones said this week in a news conference. "They're going to run a lot of plays. We're definitely going to have to be on our toes for this game.
"Our defense has to get off the field."
The rematch of last year's 23-17 Ole Miss upset triumph in Oxford will be televised by ESPN at 9:15 EDT.