The Alabama Crimson Tide entered the 2012 season with a slew of fresh faces at some key positions. Living up to the standard that last season's version of the Tide was not expected to be an easy task to accomplish, but here at the midway point of the season, Alabama is statistically right where it ought to be in most categories.
On the field, the team looks pretty much the same as it always has in the Nick Saban era. Other than a different list of names on the jerseys, there really is not much that separates them.
Once again, Alabama is No. 1 in the nation. Once again, the Tide has yet to be challenged through the first half of the campaign. Once again, they are thinking national championship in Tuscaloosa.
This team is not only atop the national standings, but it is amongst the best statistically as well. In numerous categories, Alabama is separating itself from the competition.
It is no secret that Alabama has one of the best, if not the best, defenses in the country. Finding a comprehensive list that covers the finer statistical details, however, is not always easy to come across.
Here is that comprehensive list, covering both offense and defense, the good and the bad.
- 17th in scoring offense with 40.5 points per game
- 26th in rushing offense with 217.2 yards per game
- 88th in passing offense with 205.8 yards per game
- 69th in total yards with 401 yards per game
- 13th in total yards per play with a 6.61 average
- 4th in red zone efficiency at 96.4 percent
- 16th in red zone touchdown efficiency at 75.0 percent
- 18th in time of possession at 32:31 per game
- 80th in sacks allowed with 13
- 20th in rushes over 10 yards with 45
- 15th in penalties against with 27
- 2nd in turnover margin per game at 2.17
- 4th in interceptions gained with 11
- 4th in total turnovers gained with 18
- 1st in interceptions thrown with 0
- 12th in total turnovers lost with 5
- 2nd in net turnover margin at +15
- 16 in sacks recorded with 19
- 1st in first downs allowed per game at 11.8
- 18th in passes defended with 39
- 5th in opponents 3rd down conversion rate at 26.5 percent
- 1st in opponents red zone efficiency at 50 percent
- 1st in opponents red zone opportunities with 8
- 1st in plays over 10 yards allowed with 35
- 2nd in plays over 20 yards allowed with 11
- 1st in rushing plays over 10 yards allowed with 9
- 1st in scoring defense with 7.5 points allowed per game
- 2nd in touchdowns allowed with 6
- 1st in field goals allowed with 1
- 1st in rushing defense allowing 55.3 yards per game
- 1st in yards per carry allowed at 1.76
- 5th in rushing touchdowns allowed with 3
- 1st in passing defense allowing 125.8 yards per game
- 1st in pass efficiency defense at 81.3
- 1st in passing touchdowns allowed with 2
- 6th in passing completion percentage defense at 50.6 percent
- 1st in total defense allowing 181.2 yards per game
- 1st in yards per play allowed at 3.13
Along with the team statistics, there are some individual players who are among the best in the nation as well.
- A.J. McCarron is 5th in quarterback rating at 171.9
- McCarron is one of only three quarterbacks who have not thrown an interception this year
- McCarron is 9th in yards per passing attempt at 8.9
- McCarron is 12th in completion percentage at 68.1 percent
- Christion Jones is 25th in punt return average at 11.7 yards per attempt
- Jeremy Shelley is one of only nine kickers who have yet to miss a field goal
- Dee Milliner is 2nd in pass break ups with 12
- Milliner is 1st in passes defended with 14
So there you have it, a comprehensive look at how the Tide stands up to the competition in most measurable statistics.
Whether or not Alabama is really the best team in the nation is one that will have to play itself out both on the field and in the polls over the next seven weeks.
Statistically speaking, though, this club is going to be pretty tough to beat.