Alabama’s offense is ranked 13th in the conference, gaining only 386.50 yards per game on a league-fewest 248 plays. The defense, meanwhile, is ranked third, giving up only 331.00 yards per contest.
But if the Texas A&M game is removed from both, things look much different. The defense allowed (we know, we know) a school-record 628 yards against A&M. Factor out that game and the defense is only allowing 232.00 yards per game. That would be good for second in the league and within shouting distance of Florida’s 202.50 yards per game.
Take out the A&M stats for the offense and things head in reverse. ‘Bama rolled up 568 yards against the Aggies, but without those yards, the team only averages 326.00 yards a game. There’s only one word for that: ugly.
Scoring-wise, take out the A&M game and Alabama has only allowed one touchdown and three field goals in 12 quarters of play. That’s extremely salty.
Remember back in 2010 when we all though Auburn’s national title defense was horrible? This year’s Georgia team could win a title with a defense that’s on pace to make that Auburn squad look like the ’85 Bears. Georgia is giving up an average of 403.80 yards per game this season while the ’10 Tigers allowed a now stellar looking 368.40.
In Saturday’s 45-33 win over Arkansas, Texas A&M rushed for 262 yards and passed for 261. That’s what you call balance.
Speaking of the Hogs, freshman runner Alex Collins leagues the league with 597 yards rushing. Sophomore sidekick Jonathan Williams is third in the league with 471.
‘Bama punter Cody Mandell leads the league with 22 punts through four games. He’s booming ’em an average of 46.95 per kick, good for second in the conference.
Auburn, South Carolina and Texas A&M share something in common. Opponents have attempted 10 fourth down conversions each against these teams and Carolina has allowed eight conversions.