Another Lopsided Win For Tide?
Alabama is 11-0 and ranked second in the nation. The Crimson Tide, 7-0 in Southeastern Conference games, is going to the SEC Championship Game in just over a week. Bama hopes are for a return to the site of early Alabama successes, Pasadena, and another national championship.
Before those lofty goals, though, is the little matter of the state championship. No team -- not Florida in the SEC Championship Game, not Texas in the national championship game -- wants to beat Alabama more than Auburn.
The Tigers have been better than expected this year with a 7-4 record, 3-4 in SEC games.
Alabama and Auburn play at 1:30 p.m. Friday, part of the Thanksgiving weekend of college football games on Rivaly Weekend. CBS will televise the game with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m. CST from Auburn.
It's not often that Alabama p[lays a team that has been better statistically in as many areas as Auburn has been better than Bama.
In scoring offense, Auburn is third in the SEC at 34 points per game. Alabama is fourth at 32.2 points per game.
Alabama has the better of it in most defensive categories, including scoring defense. Bama is second in the league allowing 9.9 points per game. Auburn is last in the conference, giving up 27 points per game.
Both teams like to run the football. Alabama, with the SEC's leading rusher in Mark Ingram, has a slight edge over the Tigers. Bama is second in the SEC in rushing average at 225.6 yards per game, a shade better than Auburn in third at 219.5 yards per game.
Alabama leads the league in rushing defense. Bama is giving up just 70.4 yards per game on the ground. Auburn is 10th in the league, allowing 169.7 yards per game.
Auburn has a substantial edge on Alabama in passing offense. The Tigers are fourth in the SEC with 221.9 yards per game. The Tide is eighth in passing offense, 192.4 yards per game.
Bama safety Mark Barron leads the SEC in interceptions with six and in overall pass defense and Alabama as a team is second in the league in pass defense, giving up just 154.6 yards per game. Auburn is ninth in pass defense, giving up 189.5 yards per game.
Auburn is third in the league in total offense, 441.5 yards per game, and Alabama is fourth, 418 yards.
In total defense, Alabama is first in the conference, giving up 225 yards per game, and Auburn is ninth, allowing 359.2.
In the critical statistic of turnover margin, Alabama is first in the SEC at plus 13. Bama has five fumble recoveries and 18 interceptions and has lost six fumbles and been intercepted four times. Auburn is eighth at plus three. The Tigers have seven fumble recoveries and 12 interceptions, have lost 11 fumbles and been intercepted six times.
Coaches consider third down success as a key statistic, and Auburn has done very well on third downs. Offensively, the Tigers rank second in the league, converting 63-152 for 41.4 per cent. Alabama is ninth in the league, 58-153 for 37.9 per cent.
Defensively on third down plays, Alabama ranks third, allowing 44 conversions in 154 chances, 28.6 per cent. Auburn is fourth, allowing 52-155 for 33.5 per cent.
In the Red Zone, Auburn has scored 94.3 per cent of the time (25 touchdowns, eight field goals) for second in the league. Alabama has scored 86.4 per cent of the time (19 touchdowns and 19 field goals) for sixth in the SEC.
In Red Zone defense, Alabama ranks first, permitting just 68.4 per cent success (seven touchdowns, six field goals). Auburn is last in the league, allowing opponents success at a 94.9 per cent rate (27 touchdowns and 10 field goals).
Alabama ranks ahead of Auburn in punt returns and kickoff returns, while the Tigers have been better than Bama in punt coverage and kickoff coverage.
Sacks may not mean much, but they keep the statistic. Alabama is tied for the league in allowing fewest sacks, just 11 in 11 games. Auburn has given up 15 for sixth in the SEC. Bama is third in getting sacks with 28, Auburn seventh with 22.
Time of possession doesn't always mean much, but Alabama ranks first and Florida second. Alabama keeps the ball for 32:56. Auburn is 10th (28:26).
This just in from the Red Elephant Club:
In penalties, Alabama is penalized 10 yards per game less than Auburn (48.1 yards for Bama, 58.1 yards for the Tigers). That's less than one chop block per game. On the other side, Tide opponents are penalized 48.5 yards per game, Auburn opponents 37.7. SEC officials have helped Alabama by a total of about a foot per game less than opponents in penalty yards.
Alabama's leaders in SEC individual statistics include Mark Ingram as the league's leading rusher, 127. 2 yards per game. He has the most rushing touchdowns, 12, and the most total touchdowns, 15.
Mark Barron leads the league in interceptions (six) and passes defended (six interceptions and 10 deflections).
Javier Arenas leads in punt return average, 15.3 yards per effort.
Leigh Tiffin is best in the SEC in scoring (9.9 points per game, which is the same number of points Bama allows per game). Tiffin leads in field goals (25-28) and percentage (89.3).
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