How Alabama, SC Match Statistically

As the season moves along, a comparison of statistics begins to have a little more validity than it does earlier in the football season. This week Alabama, 3-1 overall and 1-1 in the Southeastern Conference, takes on South Carolina with the same records. Kickoff Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium will be at 5 p.m. CDT with national television coverage by the cable network ESPN2.

Alabama has done the better job scoring. The Crimson Tide is averaging 34.5 points per game, third best in the Southeastern Conference and 23rd nationally. South Carolina averages 24.5 points per game, eighth in the SEC and 64th nationally. But the Gamecocks are better at preventing points, allowing just 9.0 points per game, third best in the league and sixth in the nation. Bama is sligfhtly behind, fourth in the conference and 12th in the nation, giving up 12.8 per game.

Alabama is second in the SEC and 15th in the nation rushing averaging 248.5 yards per game, while South Carolina is ninth in the conference and 56th nationally, averaging 162 yards per game. The Gamecocks been tough to run on, second best in the SEC and 22nd nationally, allowing 92.2 yards per game, while the Tide is just behind, fourth in the league and 32nd in the nation, allowing 107.5 yards per game.

South Carolina has been effective passing, ranking fourth in the SEC and 37th in the nation with 234.8 yards per game, while Alabama has fallen to 11th in the conference and 91st nationally, only 165.5 yards per game. Bama ranks third in the league in pass defense, allowing only 138 yards per game, which is 10th best in the nation, while the Gamecocks are sixth in the SEC and 36th nationally, allowing 175.5 yards per game. In pass efficiency the Gamecocks are third in the SEC and 14th nationally while Alabama is sixth in the league and 26th in the nation, and in pass defense efficiency South Carolina is first in the SEC and ninth in the nation, Bama third in the league and 13th nationally.

Alabama is sixth in the SEC and 35th in the nation in total offense, 414 yards per game, while South Carolina is right behind, seventh in the league and 43rd nationally, 396.8. In total defense, Bama is second in the SEC and eighth in the nation, allowing 245.5 yards per game, while the Gamecocks are fifth in the SEC and 16th nationally, allowing 267.8.

In the critical area of turnover margin, both Alabama and South Carolina are at plus four on the year, best in the SEC and 24th in the nation. Alabama has recovered four fumbles and made five interceptions, while losing four fumbles and one interception. South Carolina has five fumble recoveries and six interceptions, and has lost three fumbles and suffered seven interceptions.

In third down conversions, Alabama ranks sixth in the SEC, having made 23 of 52, 44.2 per cent, and the Gamecocks rank eighth, 26 of 61 for 42.6 per cent. Bama has been best in the league in preventing third down conversions, allowing only 25.5 per cent, 14 of 55. South Carolina is fifth, giving up 16 conversions in 49 opportunities, 32.7 per cent.

Alabama is second in the SEC and 16th in the nation in net punting, 40.2 yards per punt, while the Gamecocks are fifth in the league and 43rd nationally, 37.,2 yards. South Carolina is sixth in the conference and 49th in the nation in punt returns, 10.2 yards, while Bama is only 10th in the SEC, 105th nationally, 4.9. The Tide does rank first in the league and seventh in the nation in kickoff returns, 31.1 yards per runback, while South Carolina is sixth in the SEC and 65th nationally, 19.1.

South Carolina is being penalized at the rate of 53.5 yards per game, sixth best in the SEC, while Alabama is ninth in the league, flagged for 58.8 yards per game. Gamecocks opponents have been penalized an average of 43 yards per game, while Tide foes have been penalized only 33 yards per game.

South Carolina and Alabama rank one-two in time of possession in the SEC. The Gamecocks keep the ball an avearge of 34:25 per game, Alabama 34:05.


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