Countdown to kickoff: 20

From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 20 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

If there was one area where the Alabama defense was less than stellar at last season, it was at creating turnovers. The Crimson Tide forced just 20 turnovers in 2011-12, coming in as the 77th best team in the country.

Alabama was able to intercept 13 passes and recover seven fumbles on the year.

Here's a glimpse of how the defense stacked up nationally in other categories:

  • Sacks: No. 30 with 30

  • Interceptions: No. 41 with 14

  • Scoring defense: No. 1 at 8.8 ppg

  • Total defense: No. 1 at 191.3 ypg

  • Passing defense: No. 1 with 1,396 total yards allowed

  • Rushing defense: No. 1 with 899 total yards allowed