As we start our look at a few numbers, let’s start by reviewing Bama’s offensive numbers, which we mentioned a couple of days ago:
For some perspective on the 620 yards, consider this. Except for last Saturday, by my count, Bama has only talled 600+ yards in only three games since 2008. There was668 against Kentucky last year, 615 against Ole Miss in 2011 and 626 against Duke in 2010. Logging over 600 yards is doggone impressive, I don’t care who the opponent is. Doing so with a quarterback battle underway makes the feat even more impressive.
Say what you will about Lane Kiffin, but he’s gotten off to a fantastic start yardage-wise. Through two games, Alabama is averaging 579 per game, good for third in the league. Yes, they’ve played two cupcake defenses, but the stats still count.
Defensively, the Tide is allowing a respectable 279.0 yards per game, and that’s also good for third in the league. Again, the competition hasn’t been very stiff, but it’s better to have nice stats against patsies than to have bad stats against those doorstops.
You’ve probably heard by now that Amari Cooper leads the league in receptions and, yep, it’s true. Cooper has hauled in 25 passes through two games and leads second-place Malcome Kennedy who has 17 for Texas A&M. So far, Coop’s receptions have resulted in gains of 319 yards, also tops on the league.
If you’re looking for encouraging news, I have some for you. The Tide has six sacks so far this young season, good enough for second in the league. Last year, Bama averaged 1.69 per game, good for ninth in the league. We’d obviously like for this number to hold up.
After two games, T.J. Yeldon is down to eighth in the league in rushing with 169 yards. Derrick Henry is 11th with 136 yards. Expect their workload to increase as the quarterbacking job stabilizes.
And speaking of quarterbacks, Blake Sims is seventh in the league based on QB rating (170.82), but is tops in completion ratio (76.1%). Jake Coker has a QB rating of 146.95.