Alabama is now seven games into its 2018 regular-season schedule and the No. 1-ranked team in the country boasts a 7-0 (4-0 SEC) record after a 39-10 victory over Missouri 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 seven weeks of the 2018 season.
* Statistics were acquired from CFBStats.com and Alabama Athletics.
Scoring offense: 53.6 points per game (1st nationally, 1st in the SEC)
— Before last game: 56.0 points per game (1st, 1st)
Rushing offense: 216.71 yards per game (29th, 4th)
— Before last game: 222.17 yards per game (27th, 4th)
Passing offense: 350.3 yards per game (5th, 2nd)
— Before last game: 345.3 yards per game (6th, 2nd)
Total offense: 567.0 yards per game (1st, 1st)
— Before last game: 567.5 yards per game (4th, 1st)
Third down conversions: 56.79 percent (2nd, 1st)
— Before last game: 58.82 percent (3rd, 1st)
Red zone conversions: 82.5 percent (81st, 10th)
— Before last game: 81.82 percent (T-88th, 10th)
Scoring defense: 15.1 points per game (7th, 3rd)
— Before last game: 16.0 points per game (11th, 6th)
Rushing defense: 125.14 yards per game (33rd, 6th)
— Before last game: 134.33 yards per game (49th, 8th)
Passing defense: 189.9 yards per game (29th, 5th)
— Before last game: 197.8 yards per game (T-38th, 8th)
Total defense: 315.0 yards per game (16th, 4th)
— Before last game: 332.2 yards per game (T-25th, 7th)
Opponent third down conversions: 30.69 percent (16th, 5th)
— Before last game: 29.41 percent (14th, 5th)
Opponent red zone conversions: 70.0 percent (11th, 2nd)
— Before last game: 72.22 percent (T-18th, T-2nd)
Penalties: 56.3 yards per game (59th, 6th)
— Before last game: 55.7 yards per game (63rd, 6th)
Opponent penalties: 56.7 yards per game (64th, 8th)
— Before last game: 57.3 yards per game (59th, 9th)
Time of possession: 30:34.57 per game (59th, 8th)
— Before last game: 30:17.50 per game (62nd, 9th)
Turnover margin: +11 (T-2nd, 1st)
— Before last game: +9 (T-5th, 2nd)
— After seven games, Alabama is No. 1 in the nation in scoring at 56.0 points per game and has the nation’s top total offense, averaging 567.0 yards per contest. The Crimson Tide’s 564 yards in total offense against Missouri marked the seventh time UA has topped 500 yards this season and the 19th time in the last 51 games, dating back to the start of the 2015 campaign.
This is Alabama’s first seven-game run of 500-yard total offense performances in program history.
— Despite leaving the game after re-injuring his already-sprained right knee, Tua Tagovailoa is still the nation’s leader in passer rating (248.09) and yards per attempt (14.3). In four games in SEC play this season, Tagovailoa has thrown for 1,177 yards and 13 touchdowns on 55-of-80 passing (.688) for an efficiency rating of 245.96. He has yet to throw an interception in 123 attempts.
— With his three first-half touchdown passes against Missouri, Tagovailoa joined former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel as the only SEC quarterbacks to throw three or more scoring passes in the first half of three consecutive conference games. Tagovailoa also found the end zone three times against Texas A&M on Sept. 22 and four times at Arkansas on Oct. 6.
— With Tagovailoa’s 57-yard pass to DeVonta Smith and his 81-yard touchdown strike to Jerry Jeudy, Alabama has 11 pass plays of 50 yards or more this season – nine thrown by Tagovailoa, and one each by Jalen Hurts and Mac Jones. That number is tops in the nation. The Tide also leads the country in 20-yard passing plays (45), 40-yard passing plays (16), 60-yard passing plays (5), 70-yard passing plays (4) and 80-yard passing play (2) through seven games.
— With 100-yard receiving performances by Jeudy (147) and Smith (100), Alabama has now recorded three consecutive games with multiple 100-yard receivers (Jaylen Waddle, 138; Henry Ruggs III, 116 vs. UL-Lafayette and Jeudy, 135; Irv Smith Jr., 123 at Arkansas). Prior to this streak, UA had only seen multiple receivers have 100-yard or more receiving yards in the same game five times in program history and only once in the Saban era before this season.
— Jeudy continued his hot start to the season by catching three passes for 147 yards and one touchdown against the Tigers. He now leads the team in receptions (27), receiving yards (705) and receiving touchdowns (9). Jeudy is the only receiver in the SEC to average more than 100 receiving yards per game (100.7) and his 27.12 yards per reception average leads the nation.
Smith (21) and Ruggs (20) also have 20 or more receptions, while five receivers, including Irv Smith Jr., have 300 or more receiving yards. All five players rank among the top 17 in the SEC.
— Alabama’s 12 interceptions leads the SEC and is tied for second place nationally. Cornerback Saivion Smith intercepted two passes against Missouri, giving him the team and conference lead, while slot corner Shyheim Carter is tied for the national lead with two pick-sixes.
— Alabama recorded four more sacks in its Homecoming game to give it a seven-game total of 23.0 sacks. That number leads the league and is tied with UAB for fifth place nationally. Senior defensive lineman Isaiah Buggs leads the SEC and is tied for fourth in the national standings with 7.5 sacks. Outside linebacker Christian Miller is tied for sixth place in the league (4.5). In turn, the Tide is tied for seventh in the country with 5.0 sacks allowed through seven games.
— Buggs’ forced fumble in the Missouri game is the defensive end’s second of the year, which is tied for third in the SEC. Alabama’s three forced turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) against the Tigers gave the Crimson Tide at least one forced turnover in 49 of its last 51 games dating back to the start of the 2015 season. During the current run, UA has forced 88 turnovers (61 interceptions, 27 fumbles) and returned 21 of those miscues for touchdowns.
— Skyler DeLong’s punts do not show up in the rankings because of his low number of attempts, but Alabama is last in the SEC and 128th out of 130 teams with an average of 34.44 yards per punt.
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