Stat Tracking the 2013 Alabama Football Season

OWB? - Kevin C. Cox

How are Alabama's offense and defense stacking up to the rest of the country?

Offense

After five games, two of which were cupcakes (three if you count the A&M defense) and two against seemingly solid defenses, the picture of how this offense will operate moving forward is, well, still unclear.

What we know: The running game still isn't where we'd like it to be but that may be a factor of teams loading the box and daring the passing game to beat them. Though the ground attack is marginal at best (68th is yards per game), when called upon, the offensive line and running backs are performing admirably (36th in yards per attempt)

We know the passing game, outside of maybe Colorado State, has lived up to the challenge. AJ is efficient as always even if he is throwing a few more INT's than usual. The receiving corps may not be the most explosive unit in country but they are doing exactly what is asked of them.

The offensive line is allowing 1.4 sacks per game which is tied for 42nd BEST in the country. Just taking a glance at the top 41 offensive lines, most play with a mobile QB, in a spread offense where the ball is out of the QB's hands quickly or in a run first HUNH. Oddly enough, against SEC teams, the offensive line has only given up 1 sack.

Penalties per game is starting to trend upwards. After getting flagged 16 times against A&M (12) and VT (4), as a team, 'Bama has only had 13 penalties called against them in the last three games. Penalties in SEC games continue to be the team's Achilles heel, accounting for 19 of the team's 29 total penalties called for the year.

Offense

Current

Rank

Previous

Rank

Total Offense

404.6 yards a game

70th

385.5 yards a game

85th

Scoring Offense

37

35

35

42nd

Total First Downs

110

51st

79

83rd

First Downs by Run/Pass/Penalty

44-59-7

NA

34-41-4

NA

Rushing Yards Per Game

166.20

68th

162.50

70th

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

5.01

36th

4.78

49th

Rushing TD's Total

7

87th

6

81st

Passer Rating

163.51

14th

150.33

31st

Completion Percentage

71.9

5th

67.9

21st

Passing Yards Per Game

238.4

63rd

224

74th

Touchdown

12

25th

7

58th

Interception

3

24th

3

33rd

Passing Yards Per Attempt

8.2

33rd

8.0

35th

3rd Down Conversion

42.37% (25/59)

54th

38% (19/50)

80th

Red-zone Offense

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

75th

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

90th

Leading Rusher

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

NA

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

NA

Leading Receiver

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

NA

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

NA

Penalties per game (team)

5.8

50th

NA

NA

Defense

As predicted, numbers on this side of the ball are looking a lot more like what we are use to seeing from a Saban defense and should only continue to improve. The team gained ground in almost every category, with the biggest jump coming in total defense (from 27th to 12th) and rushing yards per attempt ( from 39th to 15th).

The defense hasn't allowed a TD since the A&M game (passing or rushing) and after seeing six red-zone attempts by A&M alone, they allowed zero attempts against GSU, held Ole Miss to zero successful conversions on two attempts and only allowed a field goal to Colorado St.. In fact, take away the A&M game all-together and the Alabama defense hasn't allowed a red-zone touchdown all season long.

Tackles for loss and sacks are still areas the team needs to drastically improve on but after recording ZERO quarterback hurries against VT or A&M, the front seven now has 11 in the last three games.

Defense

Current

Rank

Previous

Rank

Scoring Defense

12.2

4th

14.5

13th

Total Defense

299.8 yards per game

12th

331 yards per game

27th

Passing Yards Per Game

214

44th

227.5

62nd

Yards Per Attempt

6.8

50th

6.7

57th

Com %

54.8

32nd

54.8

30th

Passer Rating

117.44

39th

117.73

45th

Passing Touchdowns

5

20th

5

36th

INT

4

79th

4

56th

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game

85.80

6th

103.5

20th

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Attempt

3.11

15th

3.57

39th

Rushing touchdowns allowed

2

5th

2

T-6

Tackles for loss

26 (5.2 per game)

90th

18 (4.5 per game)

110th

Sacks

6 (1.20 per game)

104th

5 (1.25 per game)

100th

Red-zone Defense

70%

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

18th

70%

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

NA

3rd Down Conversions

30.30% (20/66)

22nd

29.63% (16/54)

20th

Special Teams

Net punting, punt return allowed and kick-off return allowed continue to be the strength of the special teams units. With the 17 yards per kick-off return allowed, it is now clear why Cade doesn't have more touchbacks.

Special Teams

Current

Rank

Alabama

Rank

Kick-off

62.55 per kick

59th

62.28 per kick

67th

Touchbacks

4

112th

3

115th

Kick-off return

24.45 yards per return

25th

28 yards per return

8th

Kick- off return allowed

17.59 per return

13th

17.73 per return

17th

Punting

46.74 per punt

5th

46.95 per punt

8th

Punt Return

14

21st

12.47

33rd

Punt Return allowed

7.50 per return

63rd

7.50 per return

63rd

Game by Game Comparison

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