Stat Tracking the 2013 Alabama Football Season

Kevin C. Cox

We're moving on up!

As we head into the middle part of the 2013 season we are starting to get a better view of how this team looks both offensively and defensively. After facing four teams, three of which ran some type of spread/ HUNH/ triple option veer offense, the defensive numbers are starting to work themselves out. The offense continues to improve but that unit, especially the passing game, has a ways to go before meeting preseason expectations.

On offense, the passing game improved in some areas but took a dip in others. AJ is still as efficient as ever but not surprisingly his yards per game took a hit. We all thought that the Alabama passing game would be a dominating force but statistically they haven't lived up to the hype. The 'Bama rushing attack improved by 20 spots from last week and 31 spots in yards per rushing attempt.

3rd down conversion did improve slightly from the dismal performance against Colorado St but you have to be concerned if that number (not just ranking) doesn't improve dramatically before LSU.

This early in the season, with so little data, one game can make a huge difference statistically (notice that Bama went 1 for 2 in the red-zone against Ole Miss and dropped 50+ spots). As we've mentioned many times already, the next four games should allow the Alabama offense to pad some stats (mainly, well, hopefully in the rushing game)

The stats within the stats show that, offensively, Alabama is averaging 7.6 yards per play and 501 yards of total offense against SEC defenses but only 4.95 yards per play and 272 yards of total offense in non-conference games..That just seems backwards.

An additional stat to keep your eye on would most certainly be penalties per game where Alabama ranks 71st overall with 6.3 penalties per game. Just for comparison sake, Alabama ranked 6th in 2012, 3rd in 2011, 23rd in 2010, 14th in 2009, 5th in 2008 and 4th in 2007)

Offense

Current

Rank

Previous

Rank

Total Offense

385.5 yards a game

85th

370.7

84th

Scoring Offense

35

42nd

38

T-35

Total First Downs

79

83rd

58

T-101

First Downs by Run/Pass/Penalty

34-41-4

NA

24-32-2

NA

Rushing Yards Per Game

162.50

70th

132

90th

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

4.78

49th

4.13

80th

Rushing TD's Total

6

81st

4

85th

Passer Rating

150.33

31st

159.95

22nd

Completion Percentage

67.9

21st

64.1

46th

Passing Yards Per Game

224

74th

234

58th

Touchdown

7

58th

6

NA

Interception

3

33rd

2

NA

Passing Yards Per Attempt

8.0

35th

9.0

21st

3rd Down Conversion

38% (19/50)

80th

33.33 (11/33)

98th

Red-zone Offense

77.78 success rate (9 attempts, 7 scores. 6 TD's, 1 FG)

90th

85.71 success rate (7 attempts, 6 scores. 6 TD's, 0 FG)

46th

Leading Rusher

T.J. Yeldon (394 total yards, 98.50 per game/5.97 per rush, 3 TD

NA

T.J. Yeldon (273 total yards, 91 per game/5.57 per attempt, 2 TD)

NA

Leading Receiver

Christion Jones (210 total yards, 52.5 per game, 1 TD)

NA

DeAndrew White (161 total yards, 20.13 yards per game, 2 TD)

NA

Defensively, the stats and rankings continue to head in the right direction. As stated above, the A&M game continues to hurt the perception of this group. If you take out the A&M game, this defense is only allowing 232 total yards per game, giving up only 5.3 points with 83 yards rushing and 148 yards passing per game. Even with the A&M game included this defense is only giving up 3.57 yards per rushing attempt and 6.7 yards per pass. Simply put, this is still an elite defense and quite possibly the best complete defense in the SEC outside of maybe Florida.

Defense

Current

Rank

Previous

Rank

Scoring Defense

14.5

13th

19.3

36th

Total Defense

331 yards per game

27th

376 yards per game

56th

Passing Yards Per Game

227.5

62nd

250.3

81st

Yards Per Attempt

6.7

57th

7.3

NA

Com %

54.8

30th

57%

64th

Passer Rating

117.73

45th

126.77

65th

Passing Touchdowns

5

36th

5

56th

INT

4

56th

3

T-64

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game

103.5

20th

122.67

38th

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Attempt

3.57

39th

4.04

59th

Rushing touchdowns allowed

2

T-6

Tackles for loss

18 (4.5 per game)

110th

13 (4.33 per game)

109th

Sacks

5 (1.25 per game)

100th

3 (1 per game)

104th

Red-zone Defense

70%

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

87.50 %

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

84th

3rd Down Conversions

29.63% (16/54)

20th

30 (12/40)

24th

I decided to add Special Teams stats to the weekly tracker given their stellar performances so far this season. There is still a ways to go, but if the trends continue, we could be looking at the best over all special teams units we've seen at Bama in quite some time. (No pressure, Cade.)

Special Teams

Current

Rank

Previous

Rank

Kick-off

62.28 per kick

67th

NA

NA

Touchbacks

3

115th

NA

NA

Kick-off return

28 yards per return

8th

NA

NA

Kick- off return allowed

17.73 per return

17th

NA

NA

Punting

46.95 per punt

8th

NA

NA

Punt Return

12.47

33rd

NA

NA

Punt Return allowed

7.50 per return

63rd

NA

NA

Game By Game Comparison

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