Throughout this week, Roll Bama Roll has been breaking down the numbers concerning the 2011 National Champion Crimson Tide and taking a preliminary look at how this defensive unit stacks up against the Alabama teams of yore. On Monday we looked at scoring defense, on Tuesday we examined total defense and yesterday we offered an overview of last season's dominant performance.
The question that keeps popping up in the comments is the same; is this the best Crimson Tide defense of all time? And we're not alone in wondering about it. Already we've seen detailed comparisons of Alabama's historically outstanding defenses by Keith Dunnavant and The Huntsville Times. It seems that the debate is well on its way to becoming a staple of Crimson Tide fan discussion.
So now we put it to you, our loyal readership. Which of Alabama's 14 National Champion teams boasted the most dominant defense? To help a bit in making your decision, we've listed the available raw stats (season record, points allowed per game, yards allowed per game) with each squad when available. You can find all the raw numbers over at our spreadsheet of Alabama defenses from 1961 to the present.