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Where Alabama stands statistically after Week 13

Alabama has now completed its 2018 regular-season schedule, and the No. 1-ranked team in the country boasts a 12-0 (8-0 SEC) record following a 52-21 win over Auburn 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 13 weeks of the 2018 season.  

* Statistics were acquired from CFBStats.com and Alabama Athletics.  

OFFENSE  

Scoring offense: 49.0 points per game (2nd nationally, 1st in the SEC)  

— Before last game: 48.7 points per game (3rd, 1st)  

Rushing offense: 205.92 yards per game (32nd, 4th)  

— Before last game: 213.45 yards per game (30th, 3rd) 

Passing offense: 332.1 yards per game (6th, 2nd)  

— Before last game: 328.0 yards per game (7th, 2nd)  

Total offense: 538.0 yards per game (4th, 1st)  

— Before last game: 539.5 yards per game (3rd, 1st)  

Third down conversions: 53.44 percent (3rd, 1st) 

— Before last game: 54.17 percent (3rd, 1st)  

Red zone conversions: 84.13 percent (66th, 7th)  

— Before last game: 83.33 percent (T-71st, 10th)  

DEFENSE

Scoring defense: 13.8 points per game (3rd, 2nd)  

— Before last game: 13.1 points per game (3rd, 2nd)  

Rushing defense: 114.00 yards per game (15th, 3rd)  

— Before last game: 112.55 yards per game (17th, 3rd)  

Passing defense: 168.2 yards per game (10th, 2nd)  

— Before last game: 169.5 yards per game (10th, 2nd)  

Total defense: 282.2 yards per game (6th, 2nd)  

— Before last game: 282.1 yards per game (7th, 2nd)  

Opponent third down conversions: 30.9 percent (9th, 1st)  

— Before last game: 28.75 percent (7th, 1st) 

Opponent red zone conversions: 65.38 percent (3rd, 1st)  

— Before last game: 64.0 percent (3rd, 1st)  

MISCELLANEOUS  

Penalties: 53.3 yards per game (60th, 6th)  

— Before last game: 50.7 yards per game (51st, 3rd)  

Opponent penalties: 54.9 yards per game (T-59th, T-7th)  

— Before last game: 51.9 yards per game (81st, 11th)  

Time of possession: 30:13.33 per game (T-58th, 8th)  

— Before last game: 30:39.73 per game (43rd, 5th)  

Turnover margin: +10 (T-9th, T-2nd)  

— Before last game: +9 (T-11th, 2nd)  

OTHER STATS

— With Alabama’s win over Auburn, Alabama has reached the 12-win mark for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons (2008, 12; 2009, 14; 2011, 12; 2012, 13; 2014, 12; 2015, 14, 2016, 14; 2017, 13; 2018, 12). 

— Alabama has opened the season with 12-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 from Sept. 14-Nov. 23, 2002. 

— Alabama’s win was the 53rd for members of its seniors. The group has posted a record of 53-3 (.946) to equal Alabama’s 2017 senior class (53-5) for the most wins by a senior class in NCAA history.

— With the win over Auburn, Alabama has now won 26-consecutive games at Bryant-Denny Stadium, the longest home winning streak in school history. The Crimson Tide won 24 in a row at home (Bryant-Denny and Legion Field combined) from Sept. 18, 1971, to Nov. 9, 1974.

— With 377 yards passing versus Auburn, Alabama has now thrown for 3,985 yards this season to set a new school record. The previous season high was 3,890, set by the 2014 team in 14 games. Also, with 52 points in the win against the Tigers, the Crimson Tide has now scored 588 points this season, breaking the previous school record of 582 set by the 2016 team in 15 games.

— Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and his six total touchdowns against Auburn (five passing, one rushing) is a new Alabama school record. The previous record of five scores was held by five players, the most recent being Jalen Hurts, who had five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) versus Mississippi State in 2016. Tagovailoa’s five touchdown passes equaled the Alabama single-game record set by Gary Hollingsworth at Ole Miss on Oct. 7, 1989. 

With five passing and one rushing touchdown, Tagovailoa upped his touchdown responsibility total for the season to 41 (36 passing, 5 rushing), breaking the school single-season record of 36 set by Hurts in 2016 (23, 13). Tagovailoa is also fourth on the UA career touchdown responsibility list at 54. Tagovailoa has 47 career scoring tosses and seven rushing scores in 21 games. 

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (Photo: Stuart McNair, 247Sports)

— The sophomore quarterback leads the nation with a passer rating of 212.51, is second in yards per attempt (11.9) and is tied for fourth in passing touchdowns (36). Among the players ranked in the top 10 in passing touchdowns, Tagovailoa is the only one that hasn’t attempted 300 passes this year. He’s 189-of-269 (70.3 percent) for 3,189 yards during the 2018 season.

— Alabama’s four first-team wide receivers and tight end still rank second through sixth in yards per reception in the conference. Jerry Jeudy is second (19.27), Jaylen Waddle is third (18.65), DeVonta Smith is third (18.44), Irv Smith Jr. is third (17.51) and Henry Ruggs III is fifth (17.31). In first place is Auburn true freshman and Tuscaloosa native Seth Williams with 19.96 yards per game.

— Alabama’s passing attack leads the country in long pass plays of 20 yards (70), 40 yards (23), 50 yards (15), 60 yards (7) and 70 yards (5). The Crimson Tide has had 150 pass plays travel more than 10 yards this season. UA is tied for 10th nationally in first downs with 24.9 per game.

— The Tide dropped Jarrett Stidham three times in the Iron Bowl, bringing its SEC-leading sack total to 40 through 12 games. Alabama has three players ranked among the top 10 in the league in sacks in fourth-place Isaiah Buggs (9.5), sixth-place Christian Miller (7.5) and seventh-place Quinnen Williams (7.0). Williams is also tied for second in the league with 16.0 tackles for loss.

— Outside linebacker Anfernee Jennings and his fourth-quarter interception against Auburn gives the Tide at least one forced turnover in 54 of its last 56 contests, dating back to the start of the 2015 season. During the current run, UA has forced 93 turnovers (63 interceptions, 30 fumbles) and returned 22 of those miscues for touchdowns. The Tide has forced at least one turnover in 15 consecutive games and ranks first in the SEC with 14 interceptions this season.

— Alabama’s SEC Championship Game opponent, the Georgia Bulldogs, leads the SEC in a few categories. Georgia has the league’s top rushing offense, averaging 259.83 yards per game. The Bulldogs also lead the SEC in punt returns, averaging 17.5 yards return, and have the most forced fumbles this season with 15. Other stats: scoring offense is second (40.1 ppg), passing offense is seventh (221.0 ypg), total offense is third (480.8 ypg), scoring defense is fourth (17.2 ppg), rushing defense is fifth (128.42 ypg), passing defense is tied for third (175.1 ypg) and total defense is third (303.5 ypg). The Tide and Bulldogs play Saturday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m. CT (CBS).

Contact Charlie Potter by 247Sports’ personal messaging or on Twitter (@Charlie_Potter).

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