Alabama Football: 3 takeaways from 2020 Iron Bowl

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What did Alabama football learn from this year’s Iron Bowl?

The 2020 Iron Bowl had plenty of hype. After an upset last year, Alabama football was looking for revenge on their path towards an undefeated season. Auburn seniors were looking to go 3-1 against their in-state rival with a win at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama made a statement while beating the Auburn Tigers. Mac Jones thrived, and the defense took another vital step forward. The Crimson Tide should be proud of how they played against their in-state rival.

We learned a lot in this Iron Bowl. Here are the top takeaways from Alabama football’s strong performance.

3. The defense is good enough to win a title

Alabama has won their last few national championships thanks to a strong defense. In recent years, the offense has improved exponentially, and the defenses have been worse. This was a big question mark heading into 2020, but the defense has gotten better each and every week. This week was no different.

Alabama hasn’t given up touchdowns in the past few games, but they haven’t faced a quality offense in recent weeks. This group was the best offense that the Crimson Tide have seen since Ole Miss, and they played their best game.

The secondary was a concern heading into 2020, but this is Alabama’s best group of corners in recent memory. Josh Jobe has stepped up as a starter, and Malachi Moore is a freshman star. The defensive line has been better, and Dylan Moses’s return was crucial. The linebacking corps is better than it was last year, and they are more than good enough to contend for a title. With Alabama’s potent offense, the defense just needs to tread water. They can do that against anyone.