Bama by the Numbers following Week Four’s hammering of Florida Atlantic…
1) Turnover Margin: The Tide was -1 in this category against the Owls, and now resides at 2nd in the conference with a +10 mark. Bama turned the ball over once on a Christion Jones punt return fumble and didn’t take the ball away from FAU. It seem likely for the Tide to pad this stat against FAU, but the Owls only had the ball for 45 snaps.
2) Total Defense: Four games into the season and Bama ranks first in the conference, allowing only 185.0 yards per game, just off the 2011 pace of 183.6. Do I think the ’12 unit is as good as the ’11 gang? No, I don’t. But I do know the Tide defense has run rough shod over one-third of its schedule.
3) Red Zone Conversions: If you are looking for something to worry about after a 40-7 pasting in which you racked up over 500 yards of offense, you might want to consider red zone conversions. After a perfect 6-for-6 in trips to Arkansas’ red zone, the Tide also visited FAU’s six more times, but turned those trips into three touchdowns and three field goals. For the year, Alabama is 18-for-18 in red zone visits with 14 TDs.
4) Total Offense: Bama jumps from 11th in the league to 6th after the FAU win. As the season wears on, I expect this stat to re-shuffle a bit and for the Tide to rise another couple of spots. Alabama is 6th in rushing offense and 8th in passing thus far. That’s not bad since the brakes have been tapped in each of the first four games.
5) Opponent Rushing Plays: Want a stat to knock your socks off? This is it. Through four games, Bama has allowed only six rushes of 10 or more yards and only two of 20 or more. That’s good for first in the league with LSU close behind at seven and three. Florida and Georgia, two other highly touted defenses have allowed 15 and two and 20 and five, respectively.