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Alabama at Arkansas by the numbers: Tide tearing up first halves

No. 1 Alabama (5-0, 2-0) at Arkansas (1-4, 0-3)

11 a.m. CDT Saturday (ESPN)

Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville, Ark.

1 SEC team has had at least 500 yards in total offense in every game this season — Alabama. This year’s Crimson Tide team is the first in school history to post five consecutive games with at least 500 yards of total offense in each.

4 Victories and 19 losses for Arkansas in games against the No. 1 team in the AP poll. The Razorbacks defeated top-ranked Texas in 1964, 1965 and 1981 and No. 1 LSU in 2007. Saturday’s game will be the seventh for Arkansas against a No. 1 Alabama team.

5 SEC teams have scored at least 40 points in each of their first five games in a season, including this year’s Alabama team. The 2018 Alabama squad became the first in the conference to start the season with five games with at least 45 points. The other four teams on the list are 2001 Florida, 2007 Kentucky, 2012 Georgia and 2013 Texas A&M. Only one extended its streak of 40-point games to a sixth contest — Texas A&M, which went on to score at least 40 points in the first 10 games of the 2013 season.

5 Consecutive Alabama games have featured at least 45 points for the Crimson Tide. The current team was the fourth Alabama squad to score at least 45 points in four straight games and became the first to extend the streak to five games in last week’s 56-14 victory over Louisiana-Lafayette. If Alabama scores at least 45 points on Saturday, it would become the second SEC team to do that in six straight games. Missouri accomplished the feat last season.

6 Alabama games have included two 100-yard receivers for the Crimson Tide, including last week’s victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, in which WR Henry Ruggs III caught five passes for 116 yards and two TDs and WR Jaylen Ward caught three passes for 138 yards and two TDs. Alabama had two 100-yard receivers in the same game for the first time in the 1969 Iron Bowl, when David Bailey and Bubba Sawyer did it against Auburn. It also was accomplished by Jason McAddley and Freddie Milons against Arkansas in 1999, Milons and Antonio Carter against UCLA in 2001, Tyrone Prothro and DJ Hall against Southern Miss in 2005 and DeAndrew White and Amari Cooper against Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl after the 2013 season.

9 Consecutive losses for Arkansas against ranked teams. The Razorbacks’ most recent victory over a ranked opponent is a 34-30 win against No. 12 Ole Miss on Oct. 15, 2016.

10 Interceptions have been thrown by Arkansas this season, the most in the nation. Alabama has intercepted nine passes, second-best in the nation.

11 Consecutive victories for Alabama against Arkansas. The Razorbacks most recently defeated the Crimson Tide 24-23 in 2006. Alabama leads the series 21-7.

13 Consecutive victories against Arkansas have been recorded by teams coached by Nick Saban. Saban is 11-0 against the Razorbacks since coming to Alabama and guided LSU to victories over Arkansas in 2003 and 2004.

14 Consecutive October games have been won by Alabama, the longest current winning streak in the 10th month in the SEC. The Crimson Tide’s most recent October loss came against Ole Miss 23-17 on Oct. 4, 2014.

16 Tackles were made by Arkansas LB De’Jon Harris against Texas A&M last week, the most in one game by an SEC player this season. Harris leads the SEC with 53 tackles in 2018.

20 Consecutive games have been won by Alabama when it scored a touchdown on its opening offensive series, which the Crimson Tide has done in all five of its games this season. Alabama’s most recent loss when it scored a TD on its opening possession came on Jan. 2, 2014, when Oklahoma posted a 45-31 victory over the Tide in the Sugar Bowl.

33.65 Is the difference between Alabama’s rate of converting third downs and its opponents’ rate of converting third downs — the largest gap in the nation. The Crimson Tide has turned 59.68 percent of its third downs into first downs. Alabama’s opponents have turned 26.03 percent of their third downs into first downs against the Tide. Alabama’s third-down offense is the second-best and its third-down defense is the seventh-best in the nation. Only five teams in the nation have a worse third-down offense than Arkansas, which has converted 29.33 percent into first downs. The Razorbacks’ third-down defense is the 14th-best in the nation, though, at an almost identical 29.17 percent.

42.4 Yards per kickoff return have been averaged by Alabama this season. The Crimson Tide has returned only five kickoffs in 2018, but its average is the best in the nation. Arkansas is one of the three teams in the nation that has given up two kickoff-return TDs this season.

54.2 Points per game is the scoring average for Alabama this season, the highest in the nation.

77 Consecutive victories have been recorded over unranked teams by Alabama — the longest such streak in NCAA FBS history since the AP poll began in 1936. The Crimson Tide hasn’t lost to an unranked team since falling to Auburn 17-10 on Nov. 24, 2007.

79 Victories and 12 losses for Alabama when playing as the No. 1 team in the AP poll.

105 SEC regular-season games have been won on the field by Alabama coach Nick Saban, tied for the fourth-most in league history. The coaches with more conference regular-season victories in the SEC are Paul “Bear” Bryant with 159 at Kentucky and Alabama, Steve Spurrier with 123 at Florida and South Carolina and Johnny Vaught with 106 at Ole Miss. Vince Dooley had 105 SEC regular-season victories at Georgia.

169 Consecutive AP polls have included Alabama, the nation’s longest current streak and the fourth-longest in the poll’s history. Second on the active list is Ohio State at 104 straight polls. The second-longest current streak in the SEC is 32 polls by Auburn. The most recent AP poll that did not include Alabama is the final one of the 2007 season. The longest streak by an SEC team (and the third-longest all-time) is 209 polls by Florida from 1990 through 2002.

199 Punt-return yards for Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle, the most in the nation this season.

232 Consecutive games have been played without being shut out for Alabama, a school record. Alabama’s most recent shutout loss came 9-0 to Auburn on Nov. 18, 2000.

238.32 Is the passing-efficiency rating of Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa, the best in the nation. The passer rating is yielded by a formula based on the percentage of throws that result in completions, touchdowns and interceptions and the average gain per pass. The rating was intended to yield a rating of 100 for an average passer when it was designed in 1979. This season, 100 quarterbacks have ratings higher than 120. Tagovailoa has completed 66-of-88 passes for 1,161 yards with 14 touchdowns and no interceptions.

358.2 Yards of offense have been averaged in the first half of its five games by Alabama. That’s more than 25 NCAA FBS teams have averaged this season for the entire game, including Arkansas, which has averaged 350.0 yards per game in 2018. The Crimson Tide is averaging 553.2 yards per game this season, the fifth-best figure in the nation.


Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.

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