Stuart McNair

Alabama has the best of it in most statistics vs. Mississippi State

A comparison of Alabama and Mississippi State statistically

Alabama leads the Southeastern Conference in both scoring and scoring defense, which is a good place to be after the 10th week of the college football season.

Alabama will take impressive statistics into its game against Mississippi State at 11 a.m. CST Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium, a game that will be televised by ESPN.

Alabama is 9-0 overall and 6-0 in the SEC and ranked first in the nation. The Bulldogs are 4-5 overall and 2-3 in the conference

The Crimson Tide leads the SEC in scoring at 40.1 points per game while the Dogs are tied for seventh at 30.9 ppg. On defense, Bama allows only 13.2 points per game. State is 11th in the league, giving up 29.8 ppg.

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Alabama is second in the conference in rushing at 259.3 yards per game with Mississippi State fourth at 226.9 ypg. Defensively, Bama leads the nation giving up only 66 ypg and the Bulldogs are sixth, allowing 150.6.

The teams are tied for seventh in the SEC in passing offense, both averaging 219.2 yards per game. Alabama is second in passing defense, giving up 191.9 ypg with State last in the league, giving up 264. Bama is fourth and the Bulldogs seventh in passing efficiency, and the Tide is second, State 14th in pass defense efficiency.

Alabama is fourth in total offense at 478.6 ypg, Mississippi State sixth at 446.1. In total defense, Bama leads the league allowing 257.9 and State is 10th, giving up 414.6.

Three critical statistical categories are third down efficiency, turnover margin, and Red Zone (inside the 20) performance.

On third down, Alabama is first in the league in conversions, 61-127 for 48 per cent, Mississippi State ninth, 51-132 for 38.6 per cent. The Tide is also first in defense on third downs, allowing 42-142 for 29.6 per cent, the Bulldogs ninth, 56-142 for 39.4 per cent.

The teams are tied for fifth in turnover margin, both plus 3. Alabama has 8 fumble recoveries and 9 interceptions for 17 takeaways and has lost 8 fumbles and 6 interceptions for 14 turnovers. The Bulldogs have 7 fumble recoveries and 10 interceptions for 17 takeaways and have lost 5 fumbles and 9 interceptions for 14 turnovers.

In the Red Zone, Alabama ranks eighth on offense at 81.2 per cent, scoring on 33-40 opportunities (24 touchdowns, 9-12 field goals) and State is 13th at 71.4 per cent, scoring on 30-42 chances (22 TDs, 8-12 FGs). On defense, Mississippi State is sixth at 77.1 per cent, holding opponents to 27-35 with 21 touchdowns and 6-10 field goals. The Tide is eighth at 81.2 per cent, allowing 13-16 on 6 TDs and 7-7 FGs.

Alabama is third in time of possession at 32:09, the Bulldogs 10th at 29:08.

Bama leads the league in sacks with 37 for 300 yards, State is seventh with 20 for 134. The Bulldogs have been sacked only 14 times for 85 yards, third in the league, and the Tide has suffered 16 sacks for 100 yards, tied for fourth.

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