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'Bama dominant defense gets opportunistic

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - No. 3 Alabama's defense has done most things well this season.

But the Crimson Tide hadn't been forcing many turnovers until getting three interceptions and a fumble recovery for a touchdown against Kentucky. That matched their total through four games.

Alabama ranks second nationally in total and rushing defense, 13th in scoring defense and 15th in pass defense. No. 20 Mississippi coach Houston Nutt, whose team hosts the Tide on Saturday, figures 'Bama gets that much more dangerous when turnovers are added to the equation.

Turnovers have been a specialty under Saban. Alabama had forced 49 turnovers in his first two seasons and the defense is still averaging 1.78 a game during his first 32 games.

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