Opinion: Oklahoma’s defense as bad as it looks, despite Alabama insisting otherwise

Opinion: Oklahoma’s defense as bad as it looks, despite Alabama insisting otherwise

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — Alabama’s offense hasn’t faced many challenges this season, but it managed to get through one of the toughest Thursday. For 45 straight minutes at the Orange Bowl’s media day, they had to say nothing but nice things about the Oklahoma defense they will face Saturday in the College Football Playoff semifinals. 

Trust me, it’s not as easy as Alabama made it look.

“They don’t have great statistics,” offensive tackle Jonah Williams said. “But that doesn’t necessarily make them a bad defense.”

“I think they’re a lot better than people give them credit for,” running back Damien Harris said. “I don't think that they would be one of the top four teams in the playoffs if they didn't have a quality defense.”

Even the coaches got into the act.

“The film doesn’t lie,” associate head coach and quarterbacks coach Dan Enos said. “We look at the film and see very talented guys and good players. We really do.”

And then there was receiver DeVonta Smith, who delivered the capper of all backhanded compliments to pump up an opponent. 

“Just because they gave up points (all season) don’t mean they’ll give ‘em up this week,” he said. 

All in all, it was a pretty impressive performance by Alabama — and I’m using “performance” deliberately because they can’t possibly believe this stuff, right?

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