| FTBL Link: Bama's Defense Stingy as ever Despite Youth.


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP)—Javier Arenas heard the skeptics who wondered about Alabama’s defense before the season.

All those lost stars. A shuffled line. An influx of newcomers.

Surely the offense would have to shoulder most of the load, right?

On the contrary, the defense has more than done its part in the Crimson Tide’s fast start, allowing only one offensive touchdown in the first three games as Alabama rose to No. 9 in the rankings.

Skeptics? What skeptics?

“We’re not really playing to impress anybody,” said Arenas, who replaced cornerback Simeon Castille. “We’re playing to impress ourselves. We don’t really focus on things like that, but after the dust has settled after the game, after we’ve played up to our expectations, then we might think about things like that.

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