Tide Seeks Win Marks On Saturday
The Alabama senior class will be attempting to set a school record for victories in a four-year period when the Crimson Tide hosts the Georgia Southern Eagles in Bryant-Denny Stadium Saturday. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. CST. Both teams have 9-1 records.
Alabama is ranked third in the nation. This is the 60th consecutive Associated Press poll in which Bama has been ranked, which is best in the nation. The streak began with the first poll of the 2008 season.
Since the start of the 2008 season, Bama has won 45 games, equaling the record of the 1994 Crimson Tide seniors.
This year's group of seniors won 12 games in 2008, 14 games and the national championship in 2009, 10 games in 2010, and nine games thus far this season.
The 45 games won over the past four years is second in the nation to Boise State, which has won 46 games.
Alabama also will be attempting to add another 10-win season to the Crimson Tide record. The Tide will be going for its fourth consecutive 10-win season and 32nd in history. Oklahoma came into the season with 32 seasons of 10 or more victories, the only school ahead of Bama.
Nick Saban is the 11th Crimson Tide coach to lead Bama to a 10-win season and the fifth to do it more than once.
Alabama has the best record in the Southeastern Conference over the past five years, a 47-12 mark that is a 79.7 winning percentage.
As Alabama has prepared for the triple option offense of Georgia Southern, there has been discussion of Bama needing to show discipline. The Crimson Tide has done that this season as evidenced by Alabama ranking third nationally in fewest penalties per game, being flagged an average of 3.9 times per game. The Tide also ranks eighth in fewest penalty yards in the country, averaging 34.9 per game. Alabama leads the SEC in both categories.
Alabama leads the nation in rushing yards per play in the second half, averaging 6.84 yards per carry.
Alabama's Trent Richardson is second among all running backs in the nation with 17 plays of 20-yards-or-more this season.
Three of the top four 4th-quarter rushers in the SEC are from Alabama. Richardson leads the SEC in fourth-quarter rushing (312 yards), Jalston Fowler is second (256 yards) and Eddie Lacy is fourth at (232 yards). Vanderbilt's Zac Stacy is third at 250 yards.
Lacy is third in the nation in rushing yards per play in the fourth quarter, averaging 12.21 yards per carry.
Auburn's Onterrio McCalebb leads the SEC with 18 total plays of more than 10-yards against AP Top 25 ranked teams this season. Alabama's Richardson is second with 15.
Alabmaa's running backs take ball security seriously. Richardson has lost one fumble in 553 career touches. His only lost fumble came in the sixth game of his freshman season in 2009 against Ole Miss. He has not lost a fumble in 489 consecutive touches. Alabama's rotation of its top two tailbacks (Mark Ingram/Richardson in 2009-10; Richardson/Lacy this year) has ost only three fumbles dating back to the start of the 2009 season, a total of 1,113 touches. Bama running backs have lost just seven fumbles in the past five years
Alabama's defense leads the nation in three-and-outs, stopping opponents from a first down in three tries to start 66 series this year, 6.65 per game. Alabama led the nation in three-and-outs in 2009 with 5.61 per game and was 10th last year with 4.08.
Alabama has also allowed the fewest first downs of any team in the nation this year, giving up just 103.
Alabama has led the SEC in total defense the past two years. Bama allowed 235.4 yards per game in 2009 and 286.4 yards per game last year. This season the Tide is allowing just 181.4 yards per game.
In addition to leading the nation in total defense, Bama is first in the nation in scoring defense (allowing just 7.1 points per game), rushing defense (51.9 yards per game), and passing defense (129.5 yards per game).
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