Stuart McNair

Alabama has slight edge over Arkansas in comparing statistics

Here’s how Alabama and Arkansas measure up

It is almost hard to believe that the halfway point of the 2016 college football regular season is this week (at least for those teams that have not yet had an open date). Alabama will spend this midpoint weekend in Fayetteville, taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Kickoff Saturday is at 6 p.m. CDT and ESPN will televise the game.

Bama is ranked first in the nation with a 5-0 overall record and 2-0 Southeastern Conference mark, while the Hogs are ranked 16th with a 4-1 record, 0-1 in the SEC.

Here is how the two teams match up statistically:

Alabama tops the conference in scoring at 44 points per game and is second in scoring defense, allowing 13 ppg. Arkansas is fifth in scoring, 36 ppg, and eighth in scoring defense, giving up 23.2 per game.

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The Tide is fourth in rushing, 231.6 yards per game, and first in rushing defense, allowing 68.4 yards per outing. The Razorbacks are sixth in rushing, 197 yards per game, and 10th in rushing defense, 163.4.

In passing, Bama is fourth in the SEC with 252.8 yards per game and the Hogs are fifth at 246.4. Defensively, the Tide is second in allowing 188 yards per game passing, and the Razorbacks are sixth, giving up 211. In passing efficiency, Arkansas is first and Alabama sixth offensively, and in pass defense efficiency the Tide is fourth and Arkansas ninth.

Alabama is fifth in the league in total offense at 484.4 yards per game, Arkansas sixth at 443.4. In total defense, the Tide is second allowing 256.4 and the Razorbacks are seventh giving up 374.4.

On third down plays, Bama is second in the league in success with 37 conversions in 76 opportunities for 48.7 per cent and the Hogs are eighth at 25-60 for 41.7 per cent. Alabama leads the conference in defending third downs, allowing 22-79 conversions for 27.8 per cent, and Arkansas is 13th in third down defense, 32-67 for 47.8 per cent.

The Tide and the Razorbacks are even in turnover margin, both among the five teams tied for third in the league at plus 3. Bama has 5 fumble recoveries and 3 interceptions and has given up 4 fumbles and 1 interception. The Hogs have 5 interceptions and 5 fumble recoveries and have given up 5 fumbles and 2 interceptions.

In the Red Zone, Alabama is second in the league, scoring on 22 of 23 opportunities with 16 touchdowns and 6-7 field goals. Arkansas is eighth with 22-27 when inside the 20 with 18 TDs and 4-5 field goals.

On defense in the Red Zone, the Razorbacks are sixth in the league, giving up 13 scores in 18 opportunities (9 TDs, 4-7 FGs), and the Tide is eighth, giving up scores in 6 of only 8 trips inside the 20 by opponents (1 touchdown, 5-5 field goals).

Bama is second in the SEC in sacks with 17 for 138 yards, the Hogs fifth with 13 for 102. The Razorbacks have been sacked only 7 times for 47 yards, fourth in the league, and the Tide has been sacked 10 times for 65 yards, tied for eighth.

Both teams are solid in avoiding penalties, Arkansas ranked third with 27 flags for 227 yards, Bama fourth with 31 penalties, 228 yards.

Arkansas is second in the league in time of possession at 34:25 and Bama third at 33:02.

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