Stat Tracking the 2013 Alabama Football Season

John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Roll 'Bama Roll's season long attempt to track Alabama's offensive and defensive stats and how they measure up to the rest of the country.

Offense

211 rushing yards a game, 248 passing yards, 16 passing TD's and 16 rushing TD's is the very essence of a balanced offensive attack. The last few weeks we have seen the rise of our rushing attack and the emergence of a deadly efficient passing game. Again, the level of competition has been terribly low (average total defense rank of last five opponents= 86th), but this offense is doing exactly what they want, when they want it. What more can you ask for when playing cupcakes?

I'd like to point out the offensive line has only allowed 7 sacks and 30 tackles for loss all year and four of those sacks and a gut wrenching TWELVE tackles for loss all came against Virginia Tech.

Offense

Alabama

Rank

Previous

Rank

Total Offense

460.4

34th

448.5 yards a game

43rd

Scoring Offense

40.7

16th

38.8

23rd

Total First Downs

170

28th

145

28th

First Downs by Run/Pass/Penalty

75-85-10

NA

60-76-9

NA

Rushing Yards Per Game

211.71

25th

188.33

50th

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

6

8th

5.38

18th

Rushing TD's Total

16

30th

12

44th

Passer Rating

162.84

9th

162.10

13th

Completion Percentage

68.9

10th

69.8

8th

Passing Yards Per Game

248.7

53rd

260.2

46th

Touchdown

16

20th

13

25th

Interception

3

7th

3

T-14th

Passing Yards Per Attempt

8.5

T-18th

8.6

18th

3rd Down Conversion

48.78

T-25th

47.95% (35/73)

25th

Red-zone Offense

85.19 success rate (27 attempts, 23 scores. 19 TD's, 4 FG)

53rd

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

61st

Penalties per game (team)

5.1

31st

6

63rd

Sacks Allowed

7

16th

Tackle For Loss Allowed

30 (4.29 a game)

17th


Defense

As Jtadpole pointed out in the podcast, there isn't o area of this defense where you can find fault. That is unless you have gone full gump. You'd have to go all the way back to A&M to find a game where this defense struggled. They still aren't generating as many TFL's or sacks as we'd probably like, but if you are actually watching the game and not just looking at raw stats, you'd see the front seven is putting plenty of pressure on QB's and forcing them into bad throws.

Just like the offense, you have to mention that the average total offense ranking of our last five opponents is 82nd. However, we are shutting down opposing offenses and that's what you want to see against cupcakes. If this defense was still giving up lots of yards and points THAT would be a cause for concern.

Even with the revolving door that is our #2 corner, the passing defense continues to improve each week. And again, the eye test proves that the level of competition isn't the only reason for optimism.

I changed up the Red-zone tracking because the defense has only allowed ELEVEN attempts all year and six of those came against A&M. In fact, they've only allowed three total attempts (Colo St kicked a FG) since A&M.

Defense

Alabama

Rank

Previous

Rank

Scoring Defense

9.7

1st

11.3

2nd

Total Defense

275

5th

278.2 yards per game

8th

Passing Yards Per Game

176.7

9th

191

21st

Yards Per Attempt

6.2

22nd

6.5

36th

Com %

50

6th

53.1

20th

Passer Rating

105.85

13th

114.90

30th

Passing Touchdowns

6

9th

6

24th

INT

6

75th

4

92nd

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game

98.29

8th

87.17

7th

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Attempt

3.26

20th

3.04

13th

Rushing touchdowns allowed

2

1st

2

4th

Tackles for loss

35 (5 per game)

83rd

31 (5.2 per game)

91st

Sacks

11 (1.6 per game)

83rd

10 (1.6 per game)

76th

Red-zone Defense

11 attempts, 7 scores. 5 TD, 2 FG

1st

NA

NA

3rd Down Conversions

30.11

11th

28.21% (22/78)

25th

Special Teams

Looking at how well we defend kick-off returns, it's no surprise the staff is having Cade kick them short. Why give teams the ball at the 25 when you can have them start at the 18?

Cody Mandell deserves "most improved player of the year" so far. 47 yard average, 39.5 net? When was the last time Alabama had this kind of weapon at the punter position?

Special Teams

Alabama

Rank

Alabama

Rank

Kick-off

62.90 avg yards per kick

45th

63 avg yards per kick

43rd

Touchbacks

11

84th

9

90th

Kick-off return

25

20th

24.46 yards per return

27th

Kick- off return allowed

18.58

19th

18.61 per return

22nd

Punting

46.92

4th

46.75 per punt

5th

Punt Return

14.53

15th

14.53

15th

Punt Return allowed

7.5

62nd

7.5 per return

68th

Game by Game Tracking

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