One ordinarily thinks of Alabama for its defense, and this year’s team seems to have all the ingredients for having a solid group of stop troops. The Crimson Tide went into the season with a new quarterback, new tailback replacing Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, and a rebuilt offensive line.
And yet after an admittedly small bit of evidence after only three games, Southeastern Conference statistics show Alabama’s offense performing better than the defense in some areas.
Alabama leads the SEC in scoring offense at 46 points per game, while ranking only seventh in scoring defense, allowing 19.7 points per outing.
Bama is third in rushing offense at 233.3 yards per game, second in rushing defense allowing only 64.3 yards per game.
In passing, Alabama is fifth at 244 yards per game (and also fifth in passing efficiency), but Bama is 11th in pass defense allowing 255.7 yards per game (although sixth in pass defense efficiency).
The Tide is third in total offense at 477.3 yards per game, second in total defense at 320 yards given up per contest.
Alabama is third in third down efficiency, 22 conversions in 48 opportunities for 45.8 per cent, fifth in defense on third downs, allowing 15-49 for 30.6 per cent. On fourth down tries, the Tide is perfect, making 3-3, allowing 0-3.
One area of concern is on both sides of the ball. Alabama is 12th in the SEC in being penalized, 25 penalties for 188 yards, 62.7 yards per game.
Bama has done well in time of possession, keeping the ball for an average of 33:56, fourth in the conference.
Alabama is just plus 1 in turnover margin. The Tide has 5 takeaways (1 fumble recovery, 4 interceptions) and 4 turnovers (1 pass intercepted, 4 fumbles lost).
In the Red Zone (inside the 20), Alabama is 14-14 with 10 touchdowns and 4-4 field goals. On defense, the Tide has allowed 5-6, 1 TD and also 4-4 field goals.