Alabama is 11 games into its 2022 regular-season schedule, and the No. 8-ranked team in the nation has a 9-2 record after a 34-0 win over Austin Peay in its last regular-season game.
BamaOnLine takes an in-depth look at Alabama’s rankings in several statistical categories from a national and Southeastern Conference standpoint following the 12th week of the season.
Statistics were acquired from CFBStats.com.
Scoring offense: 40.0 points per game (T-5th nationally, 2nd in SEC)
– Before last game: 40.6 points per game (6th, 2nd)
Rushing offense: 199.64 yards per game (24th, 4th)
– Before last game: 193.3 yards per game (30th, 5th)
Passing offense: 272.4 yards per game (27th, 4th)
– Before last game: 273.2 yards per game (27th, 4th)
Total offense: 472.0 yards per game (17th, 4th)
– Before last game: 466.5 yards per game (19th, 4th)
Third down conversions: 44.76 percent (30th, 6th)
– Before last game: 45.04 percent (31st, 6th)
Red zone TD conversions: 65.45 percent (53rd, 8th)
– Before last game: 66.67 percent (T-42nd, 7th)
Scoring defense: 17.2 points per game (11th, 2nd)
– Before last game: 18.9 points per game (15th, 2nd)
Rushing defense: 107.82 yards per game (14th, 2nd)
– Before last game: 112.7 yards per game (20th, 3rd)
Passing defense: 195.9 yards per game (27th, 4th)
– Before last game: 200.8 yards per game (33rd, 5th)
Total defense: 303.7 yards per game (15th, 2nd)
– Before last game: 313.5 yards per game (16th, 2nd)
Opponent third down conversions: 29.52 percent (12th, 2nd)
– Before last game: 30.07 percent (13th, 2nd)
Opponent red zone TD conversions: 48.57 percent (18th, 4th)
– Before last game: 51.52 percent (28th, 5th)
Penalties: 67.8 yards per game (120th, 13th)
– Before last game: 71.6 yards per game (T-122nd, 14th)
Opponent penalties: 52.2 yards per game (73rd, 10th)
– Before last game: 54.4 yards per game (64th, 8th)
Time of possession: 30:30.82 per game (48th, 5th)
– Before last game: 29:59.80 per game (62nd, 8th)
Turnover margin: -5 (T-103rd, 12th)
– Before last game: -5 (T-102nd, T-11th)
OTHER NOTEWORTHY STATS
– Quarterback Bryce Young threw for 221 yards and two touchdowns while completing 18-of-24 passes in the win over Austin Peay. He has now thrown for at least one touchdown in every game he has started (25) and has the longest streak of games at UA with a touchdown pass, passing Tua Tagovailoa (24). Young ranks among the top-five SEC quarterbacks in a number of categories, including pass attempts per game (32.9, 2nd), passing touchdowns (3rd), passer rating (153.48, 3rd), passing yards (4th) and passing yards per game (266.4, 4th).
– Jahmyr Gibbs did not play against the Governors due to an ankle injury, but the junior running back is still seventh in the SEC in rushing yards per game (77.4) and eighth in rushing yards (774). He is also fifth in yards per rushing attempt (6.5), but fellow running back Jase McClellan is not far behind in seventh place (6.12). McClellan has rushed for 240 yards and two scores on 36 carries over the last two games while Gibbs has dealt with a nagging ankle injury.
From an all-purpose standpoint, Gibbs is fourth among players in the SEC with 1,312 yards and all-purpose yards per game (131.2). His 167 total plays also rank seventh in the conference.
– Gibbs remains the team’s leader in receptions with 40 after 11 games, but a pair of receivers are closing the gap. After his 7-catch performance against Austin Peay, Jermaine Burton is now in second with 34 catches, while Ja’Corey Brooks has 33. Brooks and Burton both have six touchdown receptions on the season, which is tied for sixth in the SEC. Traeshon Holden’s five are tied for eighth. Brooks’ 16.58 yards per reception is also eighth in the conference.
– The Alabama defense broke up four more passes, giving it 53 on the season – or the most in the SEC. Cornerback Kool-Aid McKinstry leads the team and ranks second in the league with 12 pass breakups, while fellow corner Terrion Arnold is tied for seventh with eight PBUs. There were no sacks recorded by the Crimson Tide on Saturday, but linebacker Will Anderson is still second in the SEC with eight. He leads the conference with 14 tackles for loss, and defensive back Brian Branch is tied for ninth place with nine. Safety DeMarcco Hellams has the sixth-most tackles in the SEC with 89, while linebacker Henry To’o To’o is in eighth place (81).
– With two interceptions by McKinstry and Branch, Alabama no longer ranks last in the SEC in that category. The Tide is tied with Auburn for 12th place with five picks apiece. Texas A&M has the fewest interceptions with four. UA placed an emphasis on forcing more turnovers and had three in Week 12, but the offense also turned the ball over three times to keep the Tide turnover margin number at -5. The only SEC teams with a worse turnover margin entering the final week of the 2022 regular season are South Carolina (-6, 13th) and the Tigers (-8, 14th).
“We’re gonna keep emphasizing getting turnovers, but we’ve also gotta emphasize ball security,” head coach Nick Saban said. “We also had three turnovers – one on special teams, one interception, one fumble. Turnover ratio is so important, so it was good to get the turnovers today.
“I was excited for the defensive players. I think, hopefully, that can be contagious for us and we can continue to do that. But we also have to be very conscious of ball security on the other side, as well.”
– Austin Peay was 0-for-2 on fourth-down conversions this past weekend, marking the 20th and 21st times an opposing team has gone for it on fourth down against Alabama. The Tide defense has only given up six conversions for a percentage of 28.57, which ranks first in the SEC and fifth nationally. No team has been better than 50 percent on fourth down against UA. Meanwhile, the offense was 3-for-3, improving its percentage to 60 (9-for-15, 4th in SEC).
– Placekicker Will Reichard made two more field goals and was once again perfect on his extra points (4-for-4) in the penultimate regular-season contest. Since missing a 50-yard try against Tennessee on Oct. 15, Reichard has made his last 12 kicks and is up to 84 percent on field goal tries to rank third among SEC kickers to attempt an average of one kick per game. The senior is now tied for the conference lead in extra points at 51, all of which are makes, and currently has the most points in the league with 114 and is tied for third place in the entire country.
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