Countdown to kickoff: 17

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. 17 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

The University of Alabama defense was dominant in so many ways. It led the nation in all four benchmark statistical categories: total defense, scoring defense, passing defense and rushing defense.

While the defense didn't cause the most turnovers or sack the quarterback the most times in the SEC, it was the most affective at keeping opponent's at bay, defending the field from one end zone to the other. The defense allowed offenses in the red zone 17 times all season. If you're doing the quick math, that's less than twice a game.

Of those 17 attempts inside the 20-yard line, offenses scored touchdowns six times.

Red zone attempts allowed

2011: 17

2010: 31

2009: 24

2008: 26

2007: 38