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College Football Playoff: Similarities between Alabama's defense and 2013 Florida State

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt at Thursday's College Football Playoff media day at the Georgia Dome.

MONICA HERNDON | Times

Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt at Thursday's College Football Playoff media day at the Georgia Dome.

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ATLANTA -- No. 1 Alabama's loaded defense is drawing plenty of historical comparisons to great defenses from the past, and the other ones Nick Saban has put together in Tuscaloosa.

Here's another one: 2013 Florida State.

"I would say that 2013 defense was really good," said ‘Bama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, who held that title at FSU during its last national title run.

That Seminoles team allowed a nation's-best 170 points in 14 games. It surrendered 4.1 yards per play - second-best nationally - and only seven rushing touchdowns (best in the country). ‘Bama, for what it's worth, has allowed 153 points through 13 games while surrendering 3.9 yards per play and only three rushing touchdowns.

"There are some similarities," Pruitt said during Thursday's Peach Bowl media day at the Georgia Dome. "They had good leaders, good players...That team and this team, they liked to practice, which is important. They like being around each other."

That FSU defense was a huge part of the Seminoles' 29-game winning streak; ‘Bama enters Saturday's College Football Playoff semifinal against Washington having won 25 games in a row.

[Last modified: Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:44pm]

    

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