Statistics Are Close

Auburn has a better record, a 9-2 mark and 5-2 Southeastern Conference worksheet, than Alabama, which is 6-5 overall and 2-5 in the league. But the Tide and Tigers are relatively close statistically. The teams meet at 2:30 p.m. CST Saturday at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Alabama and Auburn have played five of the same seven teams in SEC play with Auburn having played Georgia and South Carolina and Bama having played Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Neither has played a challenging non-conference schedule.

Total offense is almost a wash. Auburn is eighth in the SEC and 62nd in the nation, averaging 339.4 yards per game. Alabama is right behind, ninth in the league and 63rd in the nation, at 338.8, less than two feet per game. Defensively, Alabama is fourth in the SEC and 19th in the nation, allowing 290 yards per game, and the Tigers are right behind, fifth in the league and 23rd nationally, allowing 291.5.

Auburn has been more efficient in the statistics that count most: scoring. The Tigers are fifth in the SEC at 25.7 points per game, Bama ninth at 22.9. In scoring defense, Auburn is third allowing 13.8 points per game, Alabama seventh allowing 17.6.

Auburn is third in rushing offense at 157.8 yards per game and Bama is ninth at 125.5. In rushing defense, Alabama is fifth, holding opponents to 117.2 yards per game, Auburn seventh at 127.1.

In passing, Alabama is sixth at 213.4 yards per game, Auburn 10th at 181.5. In passing defense, Auburn is third, allowing 164.4, Bama fourth, giving up 172.8. Auburn is better in the pass efficiency calculations, fifth to Alabama's eighth offensively and fifth defensively, one spot in front of the Crimson Tide.

Two statistics that often figure into overall success are Turnover Martin and Third Down Conversions.

Alabama is second in the SEC in turnover margin at plus 11, while Auburn is fourth at plus two.

Auburn is slightly ahead of Alabama in converting on third downs, sixth at 41.4 per cent to Alabama's seventh at 39.4 per cent. Defensively on third downs, Bama is fouth, holding opponents to 32.8 per cent efficiency, and Auburn is eighth at 37.7 per cent.

Auburn is second in Red Zone offense, scoring on 34 of 40 trips, 85 per cent, including 21 touchdowns. Alabama is eighth, 34 of 46, 73.9 per cent, 16 touchdowns. Defensively, Auburn is second, allowing 18 of 29 scores, 62.1 per cent, only 11 touchdowns, and Bama is eighth, allowing 22 of 29 scores, 75.9 per cent, 15 touchdowns.

In first downs, Alabama is second with 211, Auburn fifth with 193. In allowing first downs, Alabama is second, giving up 158, Auburn ninth, permitting 184.

Auburn has turned in 25 sacks, fifth in the league, Alabama 10, tied for 11th. Bama has been sacked 24 times, ninth in the conference, Auburn 28 times, tied for 10th.

Alabama has been penalized an average of 42.9 yards per game, fourth in the league, slightly better than Auburn, fifth in the conference at 45.7.

The teams are one-two in time of possession, Alabama first at 32:18, Auburn second at 30:25.

Auburn is very good in special teams play ranking first in kickoff returns (Alabama is seventh), first in punting (Bama is ninth), first in field goals (the Tide is sixth), tied for first in extra point kicking (Alabama is 11th) an d first in kickoff coverage (Bama is seventh). The only special teams statistic in which Alabama leads is punt returns, and it is insignificant, Alabama ninth with 6.7 yards per return, Auburn 11th at 6.3.

D.J. Hall continues as Bama's top individual, third in the league in both receptions per game (5.6) and yards receiving per game (99.9).

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