WolverineNation roundtable 

August, 16, 2012
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Every Thursday, Tom, Mike and Chantel will discuss three issues in and around Michigan sports. This week, they consider Alabama's defense, Michigan football media day and whether the 2014 recruiting class can rival the 2013 class.

1. The Alabama defense has suffered a few significant losses this past week. Does it really make any difference for the Wolverines? Or does the Crimson Tide have enough depth that Michigan still won't get the ball deep?
Nick Saban
Alex Scarborough/ESPN.comThe names on the jerseys aren't as familiar on the defensive side, where the Tide will have a bevy of new starters.
Tom Van Haaren: Alabama's defense is always going to be good as long as Nick Saban is there. However, they are losing the guys you mentioned and they're starting nine new players on defense. It's the first game of the season for the new starters, so it definitely doesn't hurt Michigan. I don't know how much it will help, but it definitely doesn't hurt.

I don't think this is a game changer, or changes the landscape of this game, but it's an interesting development on that side for the Tide. I'm curious to see how the new guys step in for Alabama and try to stop Michigan and Denard Robinson.
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