Juggernaut This is one of the few ways to describe Alabama's # 1 in this year's college football landscape.
The Crimson Tide has reached a total of 500 yards each season, including two 600-yard performances against Louisiana and Arkansas in successive games this season. They also opened the season with three consecutive games with more than 50 points. This was the first time a team made it in SEC history.
Alabama's closest match in 2018 was a 45-2 victory over Texas A & M No. 20, but coach Nick Saban saw his team quickly extend its lead of 21:13 to the Aggies on 38-13 third quarter. The Tide's most impressive victory was against Tennessee, a 58:21 throttle, the highest score ever achieved by a visiting team at the Neyland Stadium, which became Volunteers home ground in 1921.
"They are a great team, I have to give them their props," said Tennessee defender Kyle Phillips Rainer Sabin of al.com after the game. "They are great offensive, defensive, special teams. They play hard, they perform very well. They are a tough team that you can beat for sure, and that's what we want to achieve as a program. "
According to Sport Source Analytics, Alabama scored 21 points or more with almost two-thirds (62 percent) of their total number this season. No. 2 Clemson is second (38 percent), followed by Utah (35 percent). ESPN's Ivan Maisel notes that Alabama has taken more than 1,200 snapshots this season, with only three of them behind. And remember, that dominance one year after the program lost 16 players from last year's national championship team against the NFL, and hired six new assistant coaches.
Overall, Crimson Tide has outperformed the teams by more than 38 points per contest, averaging 54.1 points per game, most of them from a FBS team this year. Amazingly, Alabama has an average profit margin of 31.5 points, which leads to the second half! After adjusting for the pace, Alabama are 25.5 points better per game than an average team, which, if sustained, would make the squad better than any national championship team – the 2009, 2011, 2012, 2015 and 2009 season 2017 – under Saban leadership. In fact, a key victory against LSU could help boost the adjusted profit margin per game among the best in school history, perhaps even ahead of Bear Bryant's 1970s teams and Wallace Wade's 1930s team.
A key to the success of Alabama is despite all sales the leader of Heisman Trophy, Tua Tagovailoa. In the second half of the season, Alabama had scored a touchdown in 41 of 62 drives this season and converted 28 out of 43 third lows (65 percent). In five games against opponents of the Southeastern Conference Tagovailoa has completed 74 out of 109 attempts for 1,483 yards and 17 touchdowns. Only the Oklahoma Passion Play scores higher after Bill Connelly's S & P + scores, which affects the efficiency, explosiveness, field position and ability to finish a team, as well as how well they can prevent sales.
This transition to a passing offense was almost a necessity: Alabama's Power Rushing game – defined as a percentage of runs on the third or fourth downhill, two yards or less before the finish, which will achieve a first descent or touchdown – is a similar one Last year, however, it dropped from 16 th place (77%) in 2017 to 45 th (75%) in 2018.
The defense is as scary as ever. Alabama ranks second nationwide after S & P + ratings, which limits the number of opponents to first downs, and offers the country's fourth best pass defense. The Tide is also second only to Connelly's "Chaos Rate", the total number of teams' squads for losses, defensive passes and forced fights divided by the total number of games played.
"Alabama has always been the benchmark and coach Saban has done a fantastic job," said LSU coach Ed Orgeron to David Paschall of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. "He'll be the best football coach in college history in the history of the game. Give him the credit for what they did in Alabama.
"We have to beat them to get where we want to go, and that's the fact."
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