Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Last week, 'Bama went four-of-eight in my "game within a game." The game being, can 'Bama change the minimum-gained and maximum-allowed statistics for passing, rushing and points for each team they play against.
Here are the same eight statistics for Auburn.
Fewest Passing Yards Gained: 104 (Allowed by Arkansas)
Fewest Rushing Yards Gained: 51 (Allowed by Georgia)
Fewest Total Yards Gained: 195 (Allowed by Georgia)
Fewest Points Gained: 7 (Allowed by Georgia)
Most Passing Yards Allowed: 386 (Gained by Clemson)
Most Rushing Yards Allowed: 333 (Gained by Mississippi State)
Most Total Yards Allowed: 624 (Gained by Clemson)
Most Points Allowed: 45 (Gained by both LSU and Georgia)
I would like to see 'Bama get their name in all eight of these categories. 'Bama came through in only four of them last week. If Auburn has been working on an option-style attack just for 'Bama, then we may have some issues, but another chance to learn how to defend the option offense wouldn't be the worst thing in the world either.
How many categories will 'Bama change this Saturday?
Stats generally go out the window when talking about rivalries, but I think 'Bama can come through in at least four of them.
Fewest points scored by Auburn can go down. (If we can hold LSU to 6, why not AU?)
Fewest passing yards gained can be lowered by Alabama's D, if they remain disciplined.
Fewest rushing yards gained can go down, but again will require 'Bama's D to bring the A-game.
Fewest total yards would go down if 'Bama's D accomplished the other two.
As far as offense goes, most of the offensive statistical records were set by QBs more experienced than A.J., so I won't be totally surprised if they stay in control of ARK, GA, Clemson, LSU and Mississippi State.
That being said, I'd like to see Richardson, Lacy and Fowler each get 100-plus yards to take the rushing record away from Mississippi State, and I think 'Bama can accomplish that. Will they? I don't know, but the live blog will definitely let you know when each of them, if any, break the 100-yard mark.
(I can safely say that because I'm running the blog this time around.)
As usual, look for the response article next week that will highlight each of these categories and the reasons we succeeded or failed at changing each of them.
*stats from ESPN.com were used in this article