The SEC released week one statistics yesterday. It’s hard to use stats to draw any conclusions after just one week, but here’s a few that may be of interest to Crimson Tide fans:
1) Total Offense – The Tide ranks number two in total offense. I know, I know, it’s week one, but that’s still pretty nice to see when you’re in the middle of a quarterback race.
2) Rushing Offense– The Tide ranks a somewhat meh fourth. Of note: LSU pounded the rock against Oregon with a league-high 48 attempts. Tennessee attempted to pound the rock – with 46 attempts – but could only muster 2.8 yards per carry against Montana.
3) Sacks – Alabama sacked the quarterback a league-high four times. The Tide had only 22 sacks in 13 games last year, so getting to the quarterback on Saturday – even if it was Kent State – was a good sign.
4) Turnover Margin – The Crimson Tide is last in the league with a margin of -4. That includes four interceptions and one fumble on a punt return. Keep in mind that Greg McElroy threw only five interceptions all of last year.
5) All Purpose Yardage – Marquis Maze had a very nice game against Kent State and finished with a league-high 253 all purpose yards. His eight pass receptions also led the league.