How does Alabama match-up statistically with MSU, Auburn, Missouri and.....FSU?

Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

A little bit of advanced stats to help pick up your Wednesday afternoon.

I decided to move away from the weekly stat tracking post because at this point of the season not much is really changing, at least statistically. After Saturday's game against LSU, Alabama maintained most of it's defensive ranking positions in the major categories and continued to be balanced on the offensive side of the ball. So again, at this point, we know who Alabama is and who they aren't, and there is no reason to show you the same stats over and over again.

What may be more helpful is to look at Alabama's remaining opponents, and even some potential match-ups in the future, and see how Alabama measures up. And instead of using raw NCAA stats like total offense and defense, rushing defense and offense etc, etc I thought Football Outsiders advanced stats may give us a better view point.

If you want to read up more on how the S&P and FEI numbers are put together, be my guest.

Link to S&P Defense Rankings

Link to S&P Offense Rankings

F/+ Combined Ratings
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
1st 53rd 17th 12th 2nd
S&P Defense ranking
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
5th 26th 36th 14th 3rd
S&P Rushing Defense ranking
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
2nd 11th 37th 16th 27th
S&P Passing Defense ranking
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
15th 32nd 35th 19th 1st
S&P Offense ranking
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
10th 58th 25th 14th 2nd
S&P Rushing Offense ranking
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
15th 51st 20th 27th 11th
S&P Passing Offense ranking
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
12th 52nd 36th 21st 2nd
S&P Overall ranking
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
3rd 36th 28th 12th 1st

S&P Rankings, Defense
Rk Defense Def. S&P Play Eff. Rk Std. Downs S&P Rk Pass Downs S&P Rk Rushing S&P+ Rk Passing S&P+ Rk Drive Eff Rk DNP Rk
1 Michigan State 159.5 160.9 1 155.2 2 161.1 2 173.7 1 156.1 2 158.2 8 -1.19 23
2 Virginia Tech 155.8 146.6 2 157 1 141.7 6 143.6 3 154.2 3 164.9 6 -0.76 48
3 Florida State 154.7 135.4 5 138.6 5 132.7 11 117 27 159.1 1 174 1 -2.64 2
4 Stanford 152.9 136.5 3 143.2 4 141.8 5 130 7 150 4 169.3 3 -0.82 46
5 Alabama 151.8 131.8 7 137.5 6 129.6 14 151.3 2 125.3 15 171.7 2 -1.89 7
6 USC 149.1 133.3 6 143.9 3 121.9 23 125.6 13 138.5 7 164.9 5 -0.79 47
7 Baylor 148 127.7 9 127.5 10 125.6 19 125 14 128.6 11 168.3 4 -2.89 1
8 Louisville 139.6 120.1 17 112.6 31 125.7 18 119.3 24 117.5 27 159.1 7 -2.03 5
9 BYU 139.4 127.3 10 126.5 12 137.8 7 140.9 4 121.2 25 151.6 9 -0.6 55
10 Wisconsin 138.8 128.2 8 122.8 17 143.9 4 129.2 10 131.1 10 149.4 10 -1.61 8
11 Florida 135.8 135.6 4 125.5 14 177 1 129.4 9 148.9 5 135.9 15 -0.5 63
12 Iowa 130 120.2 16 127.8 9 108.8 46 139.9 5 109.9 41 139.7 12 -0.63 51
13 Clemson 129.5 115.7 23 120.2 20 105.1 56 109.2 41 126 13 143.2 11 -1.25 19
14 Missouri 128.3 119.7 18 126.9 11 108.3 49 123.4 16 123.2 19 137 14 -1.55 9
15 Oklahoma State 127.1 114.6 27 114.6 29 111.4 40 122.1 19 107.9 45 139.6 13 -1.41 14
16 TCU 126.5 121.6 13 128.1 8 113 38 120.2 22 119.4 26 131.4 18 -0.61 53
17 Washington 124.7 124.9 11 125.8 13 133.4 10 114 33 142 6 124.5 29 -0.99 34
18 Memphis 124.6 123.3 12 125.3 15 124 20 125.9 12 123.8 17 126 22 -0.31 74
19 South Carolina 123.5 119 19 132.2 7 101.9 65 122.5 18 121.5 22 128.1 19 -1.27 18
20 Penn State 123.1 121.6 14 125.2 16 117.1 28 136 6 114.8 31 124.7 27 -0.83 43
21 Oregon 122.7 112.4 31 106.1 45 125.9 17 107.7 49 111.7 37 132.9 17 -2.4 3
22 Utah 122.6 118.8 20 116.7 27 136.6 8 121.3 21 123.6 18 126.4 21 -0.51 62
23 Ole Miss 121.3 117 21 119.6 21 119.9 25 116.6 28 124.1 16 125.6 24 -1.17 26
24 Arizona State 121 121 15 120.5 19 131.5 12 117.1 26 131.3 9 121 33 -1.33 16
25 North Texas 120.5 105.5 42 102.8 59 107.3 52 114.2 32 96.6 72 135.4 16 -0.99 35

S&P Rankings, Offense

Rk Offense Off S&P Play Eff. Rk Std. Downs S&P Rk Pass Downs S&P Rk Rushing S&P+ Rk Passing S&P+ Rk Drive Eff Rk DNP Rk
1 Baylor 157.7 157 1 140.7 2 208.1 1 125 14 203.9 1 158.4 2 2.4 1
2 Florida State 154.9 147.7 2 139.7 4 170.7 4 126.5 11 171.9 2 162.2 1 2.21 2
3 Ohio State 144 140.4 4 144.5 1 133.8 12 155.3 1 138.6 9 147.5 3 1.58 6
4 Texas A&M 138.4 139 6 134.1 5 160.3 6 137.8 6 142 8 137.8 4 0.54 26
5 Central Florida 134.6 134.4 7 130.3 9 155.8 7 141.5 3 135.9 11 134.9 5 0.82 12
6 Oregon 133.6 141.2 3 140.6 3 143.5 9 143.7 2 142.1 7 126.1 11 1.6 5
7 Miami 133.4 139.1 5 131.4 8 174.7 3 129.4 9 161.4 3 127.7 10 0.59 23
8 Arizona State 130.9 132.2 8 119.7 23 184.6 2 130.5 8 142.5 6 129.7 8 0.58 24
9 LSU 130.5 131.6 9 122.9 16 164.7 5 120.7 21 149.9 5 129.5 9 0.71 20
10 Alabama 130.1 128 10 130.1 10 131.9 15 124.8 15 135.7 12 132.2 7 1.78 3
11 Georgia 130 126.6 12 131.5 7 126.8 21 111.7 36 154 4 133.3 6 0.41 29
12 Indiana 126.3 127.5 11 128.3 11 135.5 11 138.2 5 125.7 17 125.1 12 -0.05 56
13 Wisconsin 121.9 124.6 13 124.8 13 127.9 19 138.7 4 117.1 27 119.3 19 1.15 7
14 Missouri 121 118.5 19 114.6 31 132.8 13 117.4 27 121.6 21 123.6 13 1 9
15 Louisville 121 122.6 15 119.7 24 122.4 23 103.8 59 132.5 14 119.3 18 1.69 4
16 Georgia Tech 120.5 118 20 117.8 27 127 20 137 7 99.8 66 123 15 0.77 16
17 Kansas State 120.5 119.9 16 122.9 17 118.2 31 124 16 123.5 20 121.1 17 0.39 33
18 Boise State 119.5 115.9 25 115.3 30 117.6 33 116.9 28 117.1 26 123.1 14 0.4 31
19 Texas Tech 119.5 117.2 21 106.6 48 148.6 8 107.1 52 121 22 121.7 16 0.22 40
20 Clemson 118.8 119.3 18 118.1 26 129.5 17 104.3 56 137.8 10 118.3 21 0.71 21
21 South Carolina 117.5 116.6 22 121.1 20 114.2 36 110 42 130.3 16 118.5 20 0.79 14
22 Stanford 116.6 115.8 26 112.5 36 135.6 10 111.2 41 132.2 15 117.4 22 0.2 41
23 Notre Dame 115.4 124.3 14 132.4 6 116.9 34 121.4 18 133.6 13 106.4 40 0.11 43
24 Illinois 115.4 119.8 17 123.3 14 122.4 24 122.4 17 120.9 23 111 31 -0.53 83
25 Auburn 113.9 116.3 24 111.4 37 131.6 16 120.8 20 111.1 36 111.4 30 0.97 10

I don't know about you, but looking at the remainder of Alabama's schedule, it looks as if our road is a tad bit tougher to haul than originally expected. Even MSU is a top 40 team in most (some) categories. FSU will be by far the most balanced and most explosive team we play, if we play them. I was surprised at the low rushing offense ranking for Auburn, considering how many yards per game they rush for.

A quick look ahead shows FSU's 27th rushing defense could be a cause for concern against Alabama's #15 rushing attack but then again, FSU's #2 ranked passing offense is sure to cause Alabama's DB's some troubles.

Below are the number of top 25 teams each team has played to date. Just below the number of teams are the teams listed in order of ranking.

Number of S&P Overall top 25 opponents played (to date)
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
3 2 2 2 2
VT TAMU TAMU UGA Clemson
TAMU USCe LSU USCe Miami
LSU
Number of S&P Defense top 25 opponents played (to date)
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
2 1 1 2 1
VT USCe Ole Miss Florida Clemson
Ole Miss USCe
Number of S&P Offense top 25 opponents played (to date)
Alabama MSU Auburn Mizzou Florida St
2 4 2 2 2
TAMU TAMU TAMU Georgia Miami
LSU LSU LSU USCe Clemson
USCe
Auburn

I find it rather amusing, and even a bit concerning, that Miami is ranked as high as they are, especially their passing offense. And the fact VT is ranked 11th overall leaves me scratching my head. I know that defense is fantastic but the offense is ranked 78th. Someone will have to explain that one to me. Just for comparison sake, LSU's offense is ranked 9th and the defense is 59th but overall they fall in at 22nd. I'm surprised LSU hasn't sent a letter to the league office about this yet.

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