Alabama defense ready for tough test at Ole Miss

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AL.com)- This question's been asked incrementally since 2012. Johnny Manziel's trip to Bryant-Denny Stadium was the first real indication Alabama's defense needed evolution.

Fast-paced offenses were that dangerous -- leading to questions about the Crimson Tide's ability to retain its standing atop the college football hierarchy. The SEC was suddenly crawling with a style that took advantage of Alabama's bulky defense designed to stop traditional, between the tackles football.

Count Ole Miss among the teams who gave Alabama troubles once Hugh Freeze brought his take on up-tempo football to Oxford. Nick Saban's crew will be back in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium at 2:30 p.m. CT Saturday with a different look from the first time Freeze saw them.

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