Stat Tracking the 2013 Alabama Football Season

Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Who would have thought pre-season that Alabama would put up better offensive and defensive stats against Ole Miss and Kentucky than Colorado St and Georgia St? Certainly not this guy.

Offensively, the 2013 numbers are inching towards the balance we saw in 2012 and 2011. Saban and Nussmeier have finally found the one two punch in Yeldon and Drake, the receiving corps (outside of the dropsies against UK) are starting to get in sync with AJ and the offensive line is starting to impose their will on opposing front sevens.

BTW, the 2013 OL is 22nd in the country in sacks allowed at only 7 on the season. In comparison, the vaunted 2012 unit that many consider the greatest Bama offensive line of all time, finished the year ranked 54th.

Oddly enough, the red-zone numbers IMPROVED this week even with the two fumbles inside the 10 against UK (it helps when you have 8 red-zone attempts in a single game).

Along with sacks allowed, the group of stats I've been watching the closest would be rushing yards per game and rushing yards per attempt and in both areas the Alabama offensive line is making considerable gains each week. Note: both Yeldon and Drake are averaging over 6 yards a carry.

Offense

Alabama

Rank

Previous

Rank

Total Offense

448.5 yards a game

43rd

404.6 yards a game

70th

Scoring Offense

38.8

23rd

37

35

Total First Downs

145

28th

101

51

First Downs by Run/Pass/Penalty

60-76-9

NA

44-59-7

NA

Rushing Yards Per Game

188.33

50th

166.20

68th

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

5.38

18th

5.01

36th

Rushing TD's Total

12

44th

7

87th

Passer Rating

162.10

13th

163.51

14th

Completion Percentage

69.8

8th

71.9

5th

Passing Yards Per Game

260.2

46th

238.4

63rd

Touchdown

13

25th

12

25th

Interception

3

T-14th

3

24th

Passing Yards Per Attempt

8.6

18th

8.2

33rd

3rd Down Conversion

47.95% (35/73)

25th

42.37% (25/59)

54th

Red-zone Offense

83.33 success rate (24 attempts, 20 scores. 16 TD's, 4 FG)

61st

81.25 success rate (16 attempts, 13 scores. 11 TD's, 2 FG)

75th

Leading Rusher

T.J. Yeldon (569 total yards, 94.83 per game/6.47 per rush, 6 TD

NA

T.J. Yeldon (445 total yards, 89 per game/6.18 per rush, 4 TD

NA

Leading Receiver

DeAndrew White (292 total yards, 48 per game, 3 TD)

NA

Christion Jones (232 total yards, 46.4 per game, 2 TD)

NA

Penalties per game (team)

6

63rd

5.8

50th

Defensively, Alabama has taken advantage of playing against some absolutely horrible offenses and I'm including Ole Miss in that list.

When looking at stats against the offensively inept my opinion is that your attention must go not to the yards per game or even points per game but yards per attempt and 3rd down defense/red-zone defense. In all areas, Alabama is performing admirably.

The 7.3 passing yards per attempt against GSU was a tad disconcerting but the defense showed up against UK allowing only 4.2 yards per attempt. And since the A&M game, were the 'Bama defense yielded 5.13 yards per rush, over the last four games they have averaged only 1.81 per rushing attempt. I'm looking forward to seeing if that number hols up against Arkansas and Tennessee.

What's more impressive is that outside the A&M game the Alabama defense has only ALLOWED four red-zone attempts all year and in fact hasn't allowed a single attempt in the last two games. I don't care who your opponent is, that's playing defense with a chip on your shoulder.

Defense

Alabama

Rank

Previous

Rank

Scoring Defense

11.3

2nd

12.2

4th

Total Defense

278.2 yards per game

8th

299.8 yards per game

12th

Passing Yards Per Game

191

21st

214

44th

Yards Per Attempt

6.5

36th

6.8

50th

Com %

53.1

20th

54.8

32nd

Passer Rating

114.90

30th

117.44

39th

Passing Touchdowns

6

24th

5

20th

INT

4

92nd

4

79th

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game

87.17

7th

85.80

6th

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Attempt

3.04

13th

3.11

15th

Rushing touchdowns allowed

2

4th

2

5th

Tackles for loss

31 (5.2 per game)

91st

26 (5.2 per game)

90th

Sacks

10 (1.6 per game)

76th

6 (1.20 per game)

104th

Red-zone Defense

70%

(10 attempts, 7 scores. 5 TD's, 2 FG's)

15th

70%

(10 attempts, 7 scores. 5 TD's, 2 FG's)

18th

3rd Down Conversions

28.21% (22/78)

25th

30.30% (20/66)

22nd

Special Teams

Alabama

Rank

Alabama

Rank

Kick-off

63 avg yards per kick

43rd

62.55 per kick

59th

Touchbacks

9

90th

4

112th

Kick-off return

24.46 yards per return

27th

24.45 yards per return

25th

Kick- off return allowed

18.61 per return

22nd

17.59 per return

13th

Punting

46.75 per punt

5th

46.74 per punt

5th

Punt Return

14.53

15th

14

21st

Punt Return allowed

7.5 per return

68th

7.5

63rd

Game by Game Tracking

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(the picture above are offensive stats)

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