Statistical Comparison

Who hasn't heard "Statistics are for losers"? Maybe so, but the football statistical comparison of Alabama and Florida doesn't provide much comfort for Crimson Tide partisans. The advantage goes to the Gators in most categories, and no one would suggest Florida is a loser.

Except for won-loss records, Alabama and Florida will begin even in all statistics in Gainesville at 2:30 p.m. CDT Saturday. CBS will televise the game. Florida is 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Southeastern Conference games. Alabama is 3-1 overall and 1-1 in league games. Bama is coming off a disappointing loss to Arkansas, also on the road.

The only statistic that matters is the score, a familiar adage has it. Florida is averaging 30.75 points per game, which is second in the SEC, while Alabama averages 25.5, seventh in the league. The Gators allow 8.5 points per game, fourth in the conference, and Bama gives up 14.5, sixth in the SEC.

In Red Zone offense, Florida is sixth in the SEC converting 11 of 14 opportunities, all of them touchdowns. Alabama is 10th, converting 14 of 21, six touchdowns and eight field goals. In Red Zone defense, Florida is third, giving up three touchdowns and a field goal on eight opponent opportunities. Bama is 10th, allowing five touchdowns and a field goal in seven chances.

In total offense, Florida picks up 465.5 yards per game, which is leading the SEC and ninth in the nation. Alabama is averaging 381 yards per game, fourth in the conference and 39th nationally. Florida allows 229.25 yards per game in total offense, which is second in the SEC and eighth nationally. The Crimson Tide gives up 268 yards per game, fifth in the SEC and 29th in the nation.

Florida is rushing for 175.75 yards per game, third in the league, Bama 149 yards per game, fifth in the SEC. The Gators allow 42 yards per game rushing, first in the SEC and fourth in the nation. Alabama has been giving up 99.25 yards per game on the ground, fifth in the league and 47th in the nation.

Florida leads the league and is ninth in the nation in passing yardage, 289.75 yards per game, while Bama is averaging 232 yards per game by air, fifth in the conference and 33rd nationally. The Gators give up 187.25 yards per game passing, eighth in the SEC. Alabama alllows 168.75, which is fifth in the league.

In pass efficiency, Florida is second in the SEC and sixth in the nation, Bama third in the league and 11th nationally. In pass efficiency defense, Florida is third in the SEC and 17th nationally, the Tide sixth in the SEC and 29th in the nation.

Florida leads the SEC in first downs with 94 (38 rushing, 52 passing and 4 by penalty), with Alabama second at 85 (40-39-6). Alabama is second in the SEC in first downs allowed at 55 (21-31-3), Florida third at 58 (23-32-3).

In turnover margin, Alabama is first in the SEC and fourth in the nation at plus seven (4 fumbles and 8 interceptions gained, 4 fumbles and 1 interception lost). Florida is ninth in the league, 91st in the nation at minus three (0 fumbles recovered, 5 interceptions against 3 fumbles and 5 interceptions lost).

Florida is first in third down conversions, 27-46 for 58.7 per cent, Bama fourth at 46.7 per cent on 28-60. Florida is fouirth with opponents having converted at 32.7 per cent (18-55), Alabama eighth, 18-48 for 38.3 per cent.

Florida is fourth in sacks with 10 for 75 yards and the Tide is last with only four for 28 yards. Florida has allowed eight sacks for 69 yards and Bama has alllowed eight for 58 yards.

Alabama ranks second in the nation in penalties, only 35.5 yards per game. Florida is last, 62.8 yards per game.

Alabama is first in the league in time of possession, 35:40 per game, Florida third, 30:28.

Florida is third in the SEC and fourth in the nation in punting, netting 40.3 yards, while the Tide is seventh in the league and 36th nationally, 37.2. Bama is sixth in the SEC in kickoff returns, averaging 21.6 yards per return, Florida ninth, 19.0. Bama is fifth in punt returns, 8.9, Florida seventh, 7.8.

Bama takes on the SEC's fourth-leading rusher in Florida's DeShawn Wynn (76 yards per game, and the Tide's Kenneth Darby is eighth (58.2).

The Gators' Chris Leak is the league's top passer, 266.5 yards per game and tops in passing efficiency. Alabama's John Parker Wilson is fifth in yardage, 228.2, and fourth in efficiency.

Keith Brown leads the SEC in receptions per game 6.5 per game), just ahead of Florida's Dallas Baker (6.0). Brown is second in receiving yardage, 102.5 yards per game, with Baker third (101.5), and the Tide's D.J. Hall fifth (81.0).

Bama's Simeon Castille is tied for first in interceptions with three and the Tide's Lionel Mitchell is fifth with two interceptions in three games and Jeffrey Dukes tied for sixth with two in four games. Florida's Reggie Nelson is in the four-man group with Castille with three picks.

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