Stuart McNair

Alabama leads SEC in scoring and scoring defense

Alabama is best in SEC on both offense and defense

When Alabama plays a Southeastern Conference game, it seems relevant to compare statistics, particularly late in the season. We’ll take a look at those for the Alabama-Auburn game next week.

But when Alabama, the nation’s number one team, which is playing Chattanooga, a good team, but nevertheless the No. 12 team in the FCS division of football, that seems like apples to persimmons.

Alabama (10-0 overall, 7-0 in SEC games) hosts Tennessee-Chattanooga (8-2) at 6 p.m. CST Saturday in Bryant-Denny Stadium with the game televised by ESPN2.

While a direct comparison of the Crimson Tide and the Moccasins is irrelevant, how Alabama stands 10 games into the college football season is of interest.

The Crimson Tide leads the SEC in scoring offense at 41.2 points per game and in scoring defense, allowing 12.2 ppg.

Bama is second in the conference in rushing offense at 255.2 yards per game, and the Tide leads the league (and the nation) in giving up 68.8 yards per game.

The Tide is fifth in passing offense (237 ypg) and third in passing defense, giving up 190.7 ypg. In passing efficiency, Alabama is first on offense, second on defense.

Alabama is first in the SEC in total offense at 492.2 yards per game and first in total defense, allowing 259.5 ypg.

Bama is second in punt returns (16.5 per runback), 10th in kickoff returns (20.3 ypr), third in punting (41.8 net yards), and 11th in kickoff coverage (allowing an average return to the 25).

The Tide is fourth in first downs (22.5 per game) and first in preventing first downs (allowing 13.9 per game).

Alabama leads the league in third down conversions, successtul on 68 of 140 opportunities, 48.6 per cent. Bama has given up 49 first downs in 162 opportunities, second in the SEC at 30.2 per cent.

Alabama is sixth in turnover margin at plus 2. Alabama has gained on 8 fumble recoveries and 10 pass interceptions for 18 takeaways and has suffered 16 turnovers (9 fumbles lost, 7 interceptions).

In the Red Zone (inside the 20), Alabama is sixth in the conference on offense, scoring on 40 of 47 trips (85.1 per cent) with 29 touchdowns and 11-14 field goals. On defense, Bama is ninth, allowing 14 scores on just 17 trips allowed for 82.4 per cent. Opponnts have 6 TDs and have made 8-8 field goals.

Alabama is fifth in the league in being penalized, 59 penalties for an average of 46 yards per game. Tide opponents have been penalized least in the conference (and in the nation), only 39 flags for just 34.4 yards per game.

The Tide leads the league in sacks with 40 for 329 yards. Alabama is tied for third in fewest sacks allowed, just 17 for 101 yards.

Bama ranks fifth in the league in time of possession, keeping the ball for an average of 31:40 per game.

Alabama’s ArDarius Stewart leads the conference in receiving yards per game at 85.4, the Tide’s JK Scott is top punter averaging 48.4 yards per kick, and Bama placekicker leads the league in extra point kicking with 49 of 49.

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