September 25th, 2013 02:30 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Alabama Stats, Scoring Off, SEC
In 2013 has opened just as 2012 closed. Alabama — then the BCS champions — are undefeated through three games. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel — then the Heisman-winner — is putting up yards through the air and on the ground. Same old, same old.
Or is it?
Below we take a look at Bama’s stats through three games this season and compare them to the Tide’s full body of work a season ago. There are some obvious differences:
|Alabama Stats||Scoring Off.||Rushing Off.||Passing Off.||Total Off.||Scoring Def.||Rushing Def.||Passing Def.||Total Def.|
|2013 (3 games)||38.3||132.0||238.7||370.7||19.3||122.6||250.3||373.0|
Alabama is scoring at the same clip as last season. They’re also passing for about 20 yards per game more than a year ago. But every other number is off from 2012. Rushing offense (most alarmingly) and total offense have fallen a great deal. Scoring defense, rushing defense, passing defense and total defense are all worse as well.
The Crimson Tide might be 3-0 at the one-quarter pole, but Alabama isn’t close to being the team it was a season ago.
And what of the quarterback Alabama beat 11 days ago in College Station? Much was made this offseason of the desire by Manziel to throw more and run less. Below we compare the super-QB’s numbers from this year to last year:
|Manziel Stats||Passing Yds/Game||Rushing Yds/Game|
|2013 (4 games)||307.0||63.7|
It’s early and A&M has faced just one SEC defense to date, but one-third of the way through the season Manziel has indeed thrown more and run less in 2013. Whether that’s a good thing or not is debatable. Last season, Manziel averaged 393.5 yards of total offense per game. This year that average is down around the 371 mark.
Manziel has rushed for just three touchdowns this season; in 2012 he scored 21 touchdowns on the ground. He’s made up for part of that by tossing TDs more frequently this season (12 — on pace for 36 — in 2013 compared to 26 in 2012).
From our perspective, Manziel’s slight change in style hasn’t hurt the Aggies at all. Again, A&M has played just one SEC game so far, but Kevin Sumlin’s Manziel-led offense is averaging a smoking 50.3 points per game. Last year the Aggies led the SEC in scoring with 44.5 points per game.
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