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Alabama is much more balanced than people think...

  • For it's reputation as a run-heavy team, Alabama sure is balanced on offense.

    Halfway through the season:

    1307 passing yards
    1302 rushing yards

    Comes out to 217.8 pass yards/gm and 217 rush yards/gm.

    Not bad. rockon

    Incidentally (and somewhat amazingly) through 6 games, LSU's rushing and passing yardage totals are separated by only ONE yard. 1101 rushing yards and 1100 passing yards.

    Alabama's totals are more impressive, though, as we've outgained them by more than 400 yards.

    For comparison, Oklahoma - who has a much better offensive "reputation" this year, has barely outgained Alabama. The Sooners have 1878 passing yards but only 795 rushing yards.

    Comparing the offenses of the Big 3, there's little doubt that Alabama is the most balanced among those teams. I think that's what sets us apart right now.

    This post was edited by NashTide 3 years ago

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  • The issue isn't the passing yards, it's the way we get them. Screens to Maze or Richardson mainly. We are not balanced in the sense that the defense has to cover the entire field. Not that this means we will lose, we may not, but the average yards per pass attempt is low and has been throughout the McElwain era.

    NOT complaining though...I was in school during the Shula years and am very much appreciating this ride we're on.

  • If AJ can start hitting the deep ball on a consistent basis we will have a very solid offense. Our main weakness is that we aren't much of a quick strike threat. If we get behind early to a team like lsu or ok it could be trouble. But, with our defense that's unlikely.

    We are much more comfortable beating you into submission over four quarters. Which is great. Just have to connect on a few of these deep balls.

  • LonggrearGDRT said... (original post)

    The issue isn't the passing yards, it's the way we get them. Screens to Maze or Richardson mainly. We are not balanced in the sense that the defense has to cover the entire field. Not that this means we will lose, we may not, but the average yards per pass attempt is low and has been throughout the McElwain era.

    NOT complaining though...I was in school during the Shula years and am very much appreciating this ride we're on.

    I'd love for us to be able to throw downfield more, too, but when you look at AJ's numbers vs Landry Jones, there's not that much difference as far as their efficiency is concerned.

    They're both in the top 40 QBs in the country in passer rating. AJ completes around 65 percent of his passes while Jones completes around 69 percent. Jones averages 8.8 yards per attempt to McCarron's 7.7 per attempt.

    OU definitely throws for more yardage than we do, but Jones has attempted almost 30 percent more passes than AJ. And relatively speaking, OU has no running game.

    In the Big 12, though, they have to be able to pass a bit better with the offenses they face.

    Looking comparatively at the defenses Bama/LSU/OU have faced, Alabama has faced a better group at least in respect to total defense. Bama's opponents' average rank in total D is 42nd in the country. LSU's come in at 60th (although that number isn't completely accurate because they played a FCS team. In reality, it's probably a bit worse.) OU's opponents average 48th in the nation.

    So I guess you could assume that Alabama has been more efficient/balanced, and they've done it against better competition.

    This post was edited by NashTide 3 years ago

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