Alabama is now 11 games into its 2018 regular-season schedule and the No. 1-ranked team in the country boasts an 11-0 (7-0 SEC) record after a 50-17 win over The Citadel on Saturday.
Here, BamaOnLine takes an in-depth look at Alabama’s rankings in several statistical categories from a national and Southeastern Conference standpoint after 12 weeks of the 2018 season.
* Statistics were acquired from CFBStats.com and Alabama Athletics.
Scoring offense: 48.7 points per game (3rd nationally, 1st in the SEC)
— Before last game: 48.6 points per game (3rd, 1st)
Rushing offense: 213.45 yards per game (30th, 3rd)
— Before last game: 215.8 yards per game (T-28th, 2nd)
Passing offense: 328.0 yards per game (7th, 2nd)
— Before last game: 323.7 yards per game (7th, 2nd)
Total offense: 539.5 yards per game (3rd, 1st)
— Before last game: 539.5 yards per game (4th, 1st)
Third down conversions: 54.17 percent (3rd, 1st)
— Before last game: 53.91 percent (3rd, 1st)
Red zone conversions: 83.33 percent (T-71st, 10th)
— Before last game: 81.82 percent (83rd, 11th)
Scoring defense: 13.1 points per game (3rd, 2nd)
— Before last game: 12.7 points per game (T-1st, 1st)
Rushing defense: 112.55 yards per game (17th, 3rd)
— Before last game: 96.3 yards per game (7th, 2nd)
Passing defense: 169.5 yards per game (10th, 2nd)
— Before last game: 186.5 yards per game (23rd, 5th)
Total defense: 282.1 yards per game (7th, 2nd)
— Before last game: 282.8 yards per game (8th, 2nd)
Opponent third down conversions: 28.75 percent (7th, 1st)
— Before last game: 27.97 percent (8th, 2nd)
Opponent red zone conversions: 64.0 percent (3rd, 1st)
— Before last game: 64.0 percent (3rd, 1st)
Penalties: 50.7 yards per game (51st, 3rd)
— Before last game: 49.0 yards per game (39th, 3rd)
Opponent penalties: 51.9 yards per game (81st, 11th)
— Before last game: 52.1 yards per game (87th, 11th)
Time of possession: 30:39.73 per game (43rd, 5th)
— Before last game: 31:34.80 per game (31st, 3rd)
Turnover margin: +9 (T-11th, 2nd)
— Before last game: +10 (T-8th, 2nd)
— With its win over The Citadel, Alabama has now won 25 consecutive games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, which is now the longest home winning streak in school history. The Crimson Tide won 24 in a row at home (Bryant-Denny and Legion Field) from Sept. 18, 1971, to Nov. 9, 1974.
— The win over The Citadel also secured Alabama’s 11th victory of the year, marking the 22nd time in program history that the Tide has achieved the feat. Under head coach Nick Saban, Alabama has had 10 11-win seasons (2008-09, 2011-18). It is Alabama’s eighth-straight season with at least 11 wins, which is the longest streak of its kind in the history of the SEC.
— Alabama has opened the season with 11-consecutive victories by 20 points or more, which is the most to start a season in NCAA history. The streak also surpasses the previous record of 10 consecutive 20-point victories at any point in a season, set by Boise State (Sept. 14-Nov. 23, 2002).
— Alabama’s 50-17 win over The Citadel was the 52nd for members of UA’s senior class. The group has now posted a record of 52-3 (.945) to rank No. 2 in NCAA history. Alabama’s 2017 senior class holds the NCAA record for most wins by a senior class with a 53-5 mark (.914).
— Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa’s three touchdown passes against The Citadel gave him 31 this season, breaking the previous single-season school record of 30 set by AJ McCarron in 2012. Tagovailoa is now also responsible for 35 touchdowns this season (31 passing, 4 rushing). The total moves him into a tie for second place with Blake Sims, who had 35 (28, 7) in 2014. Jalen Hurts holds the single-season touchdown responsibility record with 36 (23, 13) in 2016.
With 340 yards passing, Tagovailoa has now thrown for 2,865 yards this season, which ranks No. 6 on the UA single-season passing yards list. McCarron (2012) is fifth with 2,933 yards.
— Tight end Irv Smith Jr. caught his seventh touchdown pass of the season against The Citadel on a 68-yard catch and run. He now has the most receiving touchdowns in a season for a tight end in Alabama history. Pro Football Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome caught six in 1976. Smith ranks fifth in the SEC in receiving touchdowns and is 12th in receiving yards per game (53.3).
— Smith and Alabama’s four first-team wide receivers rank second through sixth in yards per reception in the conference. Jerry Jeudy is second (19.65), DeVonta Smith is third (18.52), Smith is third (18.31), Jaylen Waddle is fourth (18.15) and Henry Ruggs III is fifth (18.03). In first place is Auburn true freshman and Tuscaloosa native Seth Williams with 19.96 yards per game.
— Speaking of passing, The Citadel’s two pass attempts Saturday tied with Auburn (1949) and Tennessee (1960) for the fewest by an opponent in a single game in Alabama history. Because of that, Alabama’s pass defense went from 23rd to 10th nationally and is second in the SEC.
“Obviously, the pass defense must have been pretty good because this was the first time I have ever coached in a game where the other team didn’t have any yards passing,” Nick Saban said.
— Even though the Bulldogs only dropped back to throw three times in Week 12, Alabama was still able to record a sack (Quinnen Williams) and leads the SEC in that category with 37.0. Last year, the Crimson Tide recorded 40 in 14 games. Alabama is also now tied for first place in tackles for loss with Auburn with 87.0 after the Crimson Tide registered five against The Citadel on Saturday.
— Alabama’s final regular-season foe ranks fourth in scoring defense (16.6 points per game), but Auburn is in the middle of the pack in every other major stats category. Scoring offense is eighth (28.9 ppg), rushing offense is 11th (167.18 ypg), passing offense is eighth (214.6 ypg), total offense is 10th (381.8 ypg), rushing defense is eighth (142.27 ypg), passing defense is seventh (208.4 ypg) and total defense is eighth (350.6 ypg). The Tide and Tigers play Saturday, Nov. 24, at 2:30 p.m. CT (CBS).
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