Alabama safety Eddie Jackson begins his final season for the Crimson Tide, and he's expected to be one of the leaders on another talented defense.

That defense, led by first-year coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, will face on of the better offenses on its schedule this weekend in Southern Cal.

"They're a good offense," Jackson said. "They have great receivers. Guys who can make plays and stretch the field vertically. Guys like JuJu that can make plays down field. He's a big, aggressive receiver."

The Trojans return a group of receivers that accounted for more than 160 receptions, 2,000 yards receiving, and 20 touchdowns. Jackson knows that this is the kind of matchup that will show you exactly what your strengths and weaknesses are from the jump.

"Most definitely. It just shows you where you are as a team and what you can come out and do."