Stat Tracking the Alabama 2013 Season

Stats won't tell you everything but they sure do make you feel nervous.

If you are firm believer that stats tell the entire or at least part of the story and can be used to predict outcomes of future events, you may want to avert your eyes. There is no cute or non-gump way to put this: On paper, Alabama looks awful.

Neither the offense nor defense rank near the top of any meaningful category. As you will see below, for the majority of offensive groupings, Alabama ranks near the bottom and at best the middle of the pack. Areas where 'Bama use to dominate or at least excel (Rushing yards per game, Rushing yards per attempt, 3rd down conversion) are now woeful weaknesses.

The lone bright spot would be the passing game which ranks in the top 3rd of most categories. If you would have told 'Bama fans that the A&M game would statistically be Alabama's best game of the season offensively, we probably would have called you a damn gump..

As with the defensive stats, upcoming cupcakes should help in padding the stats but I won't be holding my breath ::cough CSU cough:: The good news is that we've already played A&M and we won't face another high powered offense until....Ole Miss? LSU?

Offense

Alabama

Rank

Ole Miss

Points Per Game

38.3 (down from 42)

T-35

38

Total First Downs

58

T-101

81

First Downs by Run/Pass/Penalty

24-32-2

NA

41-38-2

Rushing Yards Per Game

132

90th

250 (44/game)

Rushing Yards Per Attempt

4.13

80th

5.68

Rushing TD's Total

4

85th

10

Passer Rating

159.95

22nd

142.10

Completion %

64.1

46th

64.4

Passing Yards Per Game

234

58th

216 (29/game)

Touchdown/Interception

6-2

4

Yards Per Attempt

9

21st

0

Leading Rusher

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

NA

Jeff Scott (330 total yards, 110 per game/9.43 per rush, 2 TD's)

Leading Receiver

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

NA

Evan Engram (175 total yards, 58.3 per game. 3.7 catches per game, 2 TD)

Total Offense

370.7

84th

490

3rd Down Conversion

33.33 (11/33)

98th

51.22 (21/41)

Redzone Offense

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

46th

92.86 success rate (14 attempts, 13 scores. 11 TD's, 2 FG's)

Defensively, things don't fair all that much better. The A&M game set back our defense four-five years games. We probably won't see any Alabama like defensive numbers until after the Kentucky, Ga State, Arkansas, and Tennessee stretch. And depending on how the defense performs against Ole Miss, we may not see these numbers increase or decrease (respectfully) all year.

The long TD run by Va Tech and the Johnny Manziel scrambles will skew the rushing yards per attempt number for a few more games and that number should improve as the season progresses. That is unless we give up a ton of yards against the Black Bears.

Just for comparison sake in 2012 Alabama ranked 1st in scoring defense (10.9 pts a game) 7th in passing yards per game (176), 16th in passing yards per attempt (6.1), 1st in rushing yards per game (76) and 1st in average yards per rush (2.43).

They've got a long way to go, you guys.

Defense

Alabama

Rank

Ole Miss

Passing Yards Per Game

250.3

81st

218.3

Com % / Passing Rating

57%/ 126.77

64th

63.5%/ 131.79

Yards Per Attempt

7.3

21st

6.8

TD

5

56th

5

INT

3

T-64

3

3rd Down Conversions

30 (12/40)

24th

40 (18/45)

Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game

122.67

38th

114.33

Rushing Attempts

30.33

7th

37

Rushing Per Attempt

4.04

59th

3.09

Tackles for loss

13 (4.33 per game)

109th

20 (6.6 per game)

Sacks

3 (1 per game)

104th

4 (1.3 per game)

Total Defense

376.0

56th

332.7

Scoring Defense

19.3

36th

23.7

Redzone Defense

87.50 % (8 attempts, 7 scores. 5 TD's, 2 FG's)

84th

100% (9 attempts, 9 scores. 7 TD's, 2 FG's)

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