Last year the Horns boasted a pretty tough run defense (top 5-ish) and were whipped by the Buckeyes and Beanie Wells in the first half of the Fiesta Bowl. Im worried about the size of our defenders versus the Alabama offense. It looks like a bad matchup.
Muschamps defense is designed to stop Big12 teams. Im no coach so Im not gonna try to impress anyone but we play a lot of DB's and overall our defenders are a bit undersized. Just watching 2-3 Bama games this year, they look big. Julio Jones (especially) and Marquis Maze are big physical receivers that probably do more blocking than the receivers we've encountered this season. We all know about Ingram, he's going to get his yards, and if not Richardson can no doubt carry the load too.
I look at our back 7 and wonder if they are big/physical enough to stop the run if someone breaks through the first level, or gets the corner. Our CB's except for Williams are pretty short, not to mention skinny. Earl Thomas, despite his ballskills is about 5'9" in cleats. We all know about Gideon and Brewster. The LB's are about right but the DLine is small. Houston is a converted DE playing DT, Alexander is Alexander, and our guys on the edge are speed rushers.
Could Alabama just "out-muscle" us or am I making broad generalizations (mountain out of a molehill)?
On the other hand, how does Alabama's defense look when they face a spread attack? Im not saying they cant cover receivers but the get a lot of pro-set, I-formation in the SEC. Will they be able to stop us right off the bat?