CFN Take: Alabama, Sims Take SEC Championship

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Posted Dec 6, 2014


2014 Alabama Crimson Tide ... Head Coach: Nick Saban

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2014 Schedule
Record: 12-1

Aug. 30 West Va (in Atl) W 33-23
Sep. 6 Florida Atlantic W 41-0
Sep. 13 Southern Miss W 52-12
Sep. 20 Florida W 42-21
Sep. 27 OPEN DATE
Oct. 4 at Ole Miss L 23-17
Oct. 11 at Arkansas W 14-13
Oct. 18 Texas A&M W 59-0
Oct. 25 at Tennessee W 34-20
Nov. 1 OPEN DATE
Nov. 8 at LSU W 20-13 OT
Nov. 15 Mississippi St W 26-20
Nov. 22 West. Carolina W 48-14
Nov. 29 Auburn W 55-44
SEC CHAMPIONSHIP
Dec. 7 Missouri W 42-13
Dec. 6 SEC Championship
Alabama 42, Missouri 13

And You Care Because … Alabama’s offense cranked out big production from the start with T.J. Yeldon capping off a big ten-play drive with a one-yard score, and DeAndrew White catching a 58-yard touchdown pass for a 14-0 lead and all the points needed. Yeldon added a two-yard scoring run for a 21-3 halftime lead, but Missouri fought back in the third quarter with a one-yard touchdown catch by Bud Sasser on fourth down and a 33-yard Andrew Baggett field goal. That would be it for the Tiger fun as the Crimson Tide running game took over with Blake Sims finding Christion Jones for a six-yard touchdown pass and Derrick Henry plowed away for a 26-yard scoring run before closing things out with a one-yard run.
What Else? Alabama QB Blake Sims completed 23-of-27 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns, and ran nine times for 19 yards
- Missouri QB Maty Mauk completed 16-of-34 passes for 272 yards and a touchdown, and Jimmie Hunt caught six passes for 169 yards
- Alabama RB Derek Henry ran 20 times for 141 yards and two scores, and Amari Cooper caught 12 passes for 83 yards
- Time of possession: Alabama 36:43 – Missouri 23:17
Game Rating: C-

Nov. 29 at Alabama 55, Auburn 44
And You Care Because … In the highest scoring Iron Bowl ever, Auburn had Alabama in trouble in the third quarter up 33-21 on a Nick Marshall five-yard pass to Quan Bray, and then Amari Cooper went off. The star receiver caught touchdown passes from 39 and 75 yards out, after catching a 17-yarder in the first half, as the Crimson Tide scored 28 straight points to take control. Auburn had to get more aggressive after Daniel Carlson hit three field goals in the first 19 minutes, and that’s when the offense exploded, but through the air with Nick Marshall throwing three touchdown passes including bombs to Sammie Coates from 34 and 68 yards away. Blake Sims had a rocky time early, throwing three interceptions, but he wasn’t pulled, worked with Cooper, and the Tide rolled.
What Else? Alabama WR Amari Cooper caught 13 passes for 224 yards and three scores. Blake Sims completed 20-of-27 passes for 312 yards and four touchdowns with three picks and ran five times for 23 yards and a touchdown
- Auburn QB Nick Marshall completed 27-of-43 passes for 456 yards and three touchdowns with a pick
- Auburn WR Sammie Coates caught five passes for 206 yards and two scores
- Total yards: Auburn 630 – Alabama 539
Game Rating: A-

Nov. 22 at Alabama 48, Western Carolina 14
And You Care Because … Alabama held out T.J. Yeldon, and lost Amari Cooper early to a minor knee injury, but it didn’t matter. WCU scored first on a two-yard Spearman Robinson catch, but Blake Sims found Cam Sims for a four-yard touchdown and Derrick Henry took off for scores from ten, 23 and nine yards away and Tyren Jones took off to a seven-yard score on the way to a 38-7 first half lead. Robinson caught a 12-yard touchdown pass to pull the Catamounts within three, but the Crimson Tide scored 31 unanswered points.
What Else? Alabama QB Blake Sims completed 17-of-25 passes for 222 yards and two touchdowns and a pick, and Jacob Coker completed 12-of-18 passes for 115 yards and a score
- Alabama RB Derrick Henry ran 12 times for 92 yards and two touchdowns
- Total yards: Alabama 612 yards – WCU 213
- Rushing yards: Alabama 275 – WCU -8
Game Rating: D+

Nov. 15 at Alabama 25, Mississippi State 20
And You Care Because … The defense forced three turnovers and Amari Cooper, Derrick Henry and T.J. Yeldon each came up with short scores as Alabama controlled the game throughout – mostly. The Tide got up 19-0 in the first half on a one-yard Henry run, but the offense started to stall in the second half as MSU slowly came back with two Evan Sobiesk field goals and a four-yard Fred Ross catch to pull within six. Just when the momentum started to change, the Tide wen 76 yards in 15 plays closing out with Yeldon’s seven-yard touchdown run with just over eight minutes to play. The Bulldogs got their final score on a four-yard Jameon Lewis catch with 15 seconds to play, but Alabama recovered the onside kick.
What Else? Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott completed 27-of-48 passes for 290 yards and two touchdowns with three interceptions, and ran 22 times for a team-high 82 yards
- Alabama QB Blake Sims completed 19-of-31 passes for 211 yards and a score, and ran four times for 18 yards
- Total yards: Mississippi State 428 – Alabama 335
- Turnovers: Mississippi State 3 – Alabama 0
Game Rating: B-

Nov. 8 Alabama 20, at LSU 13
And You Care Because … In overtime, DeAndrew White caught a six-yard touchdown pass to give Alabama the lead, and LSU couldn’t answer as Anthony Jennings’ fourth down pass into the end zone got knocked away. It took a tremendous Tide drive just to get to the extra time, going nine plays in 55 yards following an out of bounds kick that gave Alabama great field position – Adam Griffith came up with the 27-yard field goal to tie it. LSU scored first on a 14-yard Malachi Dupre catch, but Alabama took the lead on a 23-yard Amari Cooper touchdown and a 39-yard Griffith field goal. Two Colby Delahoussaye field goals gave the Tigers the lead, including a 39-yarder with 50 seconds to play to go up 13-10 – that led to the errant kickoff.
What Else? Alabama QB Blake Sims completed 20-of-45 passes for 209 yards and two touchdowns, and ran five times for 12 yards
- LSU QB Anthony Jennings completed 8-of-26 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown with a pick
- Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon ran 15 times for 68 yards
- Time of possession: LSU 38:13 – Alabama 21:47
Game Rating: A

Oct. 25 Alabama 34, at Tennessee 20
And You Care Because … Lane Kiffin’s return to Tennessee turned out to be a triumph, helped by a record-setting day from Amari Cooper. The Bama WR started out the day with an 80-yard touchdown on the team’s first play from scrimmage, and he followed it up a few minutes later with a 41-yard touchdown catch. T.J. Yeldon added a one-yard score, and Blake Sims ran for a 28-yard touchdown for a 27-0 lead, but the Tide took their foot off the gas. Tennessee scored 20 straight points helped by two Joshua Dobbs nine-yard touchdown passes to Josh Malone and Von Pearson, but Derrick Henry put the game away late in the third on a 28-yard touchdown dash. Aaron Medley hit two field goals for the Vols, but the Alabama defense close things down in the fourth.
What Else? Alabama WR Amari Cooper caught nine passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns
- Tennessee QB Joshua Dobbs completed 19-of-32 passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns with an interception, and led the team with 75 rushing yards on 19 carries
- Alabama QB Blake Sims completed 14-of-24 passes for 286 yards and two touchdowns
- Third down conversions: Alabama 11-of-15 – Tennessee 11-of-19
Game Rating: B-

Oct. 18 at Alabama 59, Texas A&M 0
And You Care Because … In an utterly dominant performance, Alabama held Texas A&M to just 172 yards of total offense and exploded offensively with 45 first half points. Blake Sims threw three touchdown passes and ran for a 43-yard score, and Amari Cooper caught scoring passes from 45 and 24 yards out. T.J. Yeldon added two rushing touchdowns.
What Else? Alabama QB Blake Sims completed 16-of-27 passes for 268 yards and three touchdowns and ran four times for 54 yards and a score
- Texas A&M QB Kenny Hill completed 17-of-26 passes for 138 yards and an interception
- Alabama WR Amari Cooper caught eight passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns
- Rushing yards: Alabama 298 and 4 touchdowns – Texas A&M 31
Game Rating: D

Oct. 11 Alabama 14, at Arkansas 13
And You Care Because … In an ugly win, Alabama survived with T.J. Yeldon running for a 22-yard score in the first and DeAndrew White catching a six-yard touchdown catch in the fourth, but it was a blocked extra point on Arkansas’ first score – a Jonathan Williams three-yard run – that turned out to be the difference. The Hogs took the lead late in the third on a 54-yard pass play to A.J. Derby, but the offense couldn’t take advantage of several other opportunities, with Brandon Allen getting picked off by Landon Collins on the final drive.
What Else? Total yards: Arkansas 335 – Alabama 227
- Alabama LB Reggie Ragland made 12 tackles
- Arkansas RB Jonathan Williams ran 20 times for 83 yards and a score, Alex Collins ran six times for 13 yards
- Alabama WR T.J. Yeldon was banged up, catching just two passes for 35 yards and a touchdown
Game Rating: B-

Oct. 4 at Ole Miss 23, Alabama 17
And You Care Because … Ole Miss rallied late in the fourth quarter to take the lead with a 34-yard Vince Sanders touchdown catch, and after recovering a fumble on the ensuing kickoff, came up with a ten-yard Jaylen Walton touchdown grab. But after a blocked extra point – after getting a second chance after missing the first time and getting saved by an Alabama penalty – down six the Tide had one final shot. Blake Sims marched the offense into Ole Miss territory, but his pass into the end zone was picked off by Senquez Golson dropping a foot in before going out of bounds to seal the win. The Tide had a 14-3 lead going into halftime after a controversial fumble recovery for a 13-yard score in the final minute – the Tide’s Cyrus Jones appeared to hit the facemask on the strip – but Ole Miss got a 14-yard Laquon Treadwell touchdown catch to pull within four to get back in the game. Alabama had kicking issues, but Adam Griffith hit a 44-yard field goal for a 17-10 lead, but the D couldn’t hold on.
What Else? Ole Miss QB Bo Wallace completed 18-of-31 passes for 251 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 11 times for 32 yards
- Alabama WR Amari Cooper caught nine passes for 91 yards
- Alabama PK Adam Griffith hit a 44-yard field goal, but missed from 46 and 51 yards out
- Alabama RB T.J. Yeldon ran 20 times for 123 yards
Game Rating: A

Sept. 20 Alabama 42, Florida 21
And You Care Because … In a key early-season SEC showdown, Florida had no answers for the suddenly prolific Alabama offense. The Tide piled up 645 yards, the majority off the right arm of QB Blake Sims, the most ever allowed by a Gator team. Florida knotted things at 21 on a Jeff Driskel 14-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter, but Bama controlled the rest of the game. The Tide scored the final three touchdowns, two on touchdown passes to WR Amari Cooper.
What Else? Sims recorded the second-best passing day in the history of Alabama football. He wound up 23-of-33 for 445 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. His first touchdown, an 87-yarder to Kenyan Drake, set the tone for this game.
- Florida QB Jeff Driskel was in many ways the anti-Driskel in this one. The beleaguered senior only connected on 9-of-28 passes for 93 yards, one touchdown and a couple of interceptions.
- Amari Cooper was unstoppable, proving that even when matched with a corner of Vernon Hargeaves’ caliber, he’s one of the game’s premier receivers. Cooper schooled the Gators for 10 receptions for 201 yards and three touchdowns.
- If today was an indication of where the Florida D is at, what does it mean for Will Muschamp’s future? The Gators used to be able to count on the defense, but the unit was repeatedly abused, on the ground and through the air, in Tuscaloosa.
Game Rating: A

Sept. 13 at Alabama 52, Southern Miss 12
And You Care Because … Southern Miss took an early 3-0 lead, and then it was all Alabama as Amari Cooper took a pass 22 yards for a score and Blake Sims ran for a four-yard touchdown. Kenyan Drake came up with two one-yard touchdown runs before adding a 29-yarder in the fourth.
What Else? Alabama ran for 333 yards and averaged 6.8 yards per carry. Kenyan Drake ran nine times for 59 yards and three scores, and Derrick Henry added 73 yards on 11 carries.
- Alabama WR Amari Cooper caught eight passes for 135 yards and a score, and Blake Sims completed 12-of-17 passes for 168 yards and two touchdowns and ran for 46 yards and a touchdown.
- Southern Miss QB Nick Mullens completed 19-of-35 passes for 207 yards.
- Third down conversions: Alabama 7-of-11 – Southern Miss 3-of-13
Game Rating: D+

Sept. 6 at Alabama 41, Florida Atlantic 0
And You Care Because … Alabama did whatever it wanted, getting up 21-0 in the first quarter on two Blake Sims touchdown passes and a seven-yard scoring run. Jake Coker came in and connected with Jalston Fowler for a three-yard touchdown late in the first half, and Adam Griffith nailed two field goals. The game was called halfway through the fourth due to lightning.
What Else? The quarterback battle for Alabama might have been settled with Blake Sims completed 11-of-13 passes for 214 yards and two scores, and running three times for 14 yards and a score. Jacob Coker wasn’t bad, but completing 15-of-24 passes for 292 yards and a score, but Sims was better.
- Amari Cooper was unstoppable, catching 13 passes for 189 yards and a score. Healthy, compared to early last year, he’s looking unstoppable.
- FAU wasn’t able to do anything to keep the chains moving, converting on just two of ten third down chances and getting stuffed for 145 yards of total offense.
- Owl LB Andrae Kirk had a nice day making seven tackles and a sack, but for the most part, FAU wasn’t able to provide any pressure.
Game Rating: D

Aug. 30 Alabama 33, West Virginia 23
And You Care Because … Alabama broke open a tight game with two Adam Griffith field goals from 27 and 45 yards away, but it was a fight. West Virginia hung around with a Mario Alford kickoff return for a score and three Josh Lambert field goals, but the Tide controlled the clock and the game with the ground attack, keeping the Mountaineer offense out of the end zone after a 19-yard Kevin White touchdown catch early in the second quarter.
What Else? Dogs who chase cars, pro golfers who put for pars, and offenses that settle for field goals against Alabama – name three things that don’t last long. West Virginia was able to move the ball, and it had its share of chances, but there weren’t enough chances taken in key spots to turn around the momentum and take the game. There were opportunities, but WVU didn’t seize them scoring touchdowns on just one of three chances in the end zone.
- For the most part, everything went right for Alabama. The ground game was excellent, Blake Sims was fine, the team held on to the ball for 37:47, and the run defense was outstanding. But the team was a wee bit sluggish and needed too long to put the game away.
- Welcome back, Karl Joseph. The star West Virginia safety had a down 2013, but he was outstanding making 18 tackles with a tackle for loss. For the most part, despite allowing 538 yards, the Mountaineer defense held up.
- It’s not always going to be pretty, but Alabama can always pound away getting 126 yards and two touchdowns from T.J. Yeldon and 113 yards and a score from Derrick Henry. Blake Sims didn’t have to take many big chances and was solid hitting 24-of-33 throws for 250 yards with a pick and running for 42 yards. Amari Cooper made 12 catches for 130 yards.
Game Rating: B

2014 Preview 

Are there signs of Alabama cracking? Did Nick Saban fix the problem, or is there another 2014 Sugar Bowl or 2013 Iron Bowl out there lurking?

Everyone will have Alabama in the preseason top three, partly because of the brand name and partly because the recruiting has been so jaw-dropping good that there’s no way this team is going to be anything less than fantastic all season long.

While recruiting is hardly a sure-thing, it’s foolproof if you get tremendous hauls year after year after year – the odds are always going to be in your favor if you recruit like Saban does. According to the Scout.com rankings, Bama was No. 2 in 2012, No. 4 in in 2013, and No. 1 last year. More than that, when Saban really wants a guy, he usually gets him.

So on pure talent alone, at the moment, there’s Alabama, Florida State, and then there’s a slight sub-level with the Ohio States and Texas A&Ms of the world hanging around the top of the food chain. That means there’s no such thing as rebuilding for the Crimson Tide, and it also means that last season was a complete and utter disaster, even if it would’ve been classified as a dream campaign for most other programs. However, there’s a problem, and it still needs to be taken care of.

Much of the attention this offseason was on the offense and the loss of QB AJ McCarron, but the attack cranked out close to 6,000 yards on the season, comes back fully loaded with NFL skill position players galore, and despite the two losses to close things out, destroyed Auburn and Oklahoma for over 1,000 yards of combined offense. Lane Kiffin is doing a nice job so far as the new offensive coordinator of simplifying things, but there’s no real problem on that side of the ball.

For a program that will consider the season a failure if it doesn’t win the national championship, it had better figure out how to stop a dangerously mobile quarterback, and it has most of the season to figure it out.

Johnny Manziel ended up winning the 2012 Heisman after what he did against Alabama, and even though the Tide took their defensive foot off the gas, Notre Dame’s Everett Golson was relatively effective running around and making plays in the BCS championship blowout, too.

After an entire offseason of supposed focus on stopping Texas A&M offense, Saban and the defensive coaches were pantsed by Mr. Football and company to the tune of 628 yards of total Aggie offense in the epic early season shootout. But that was supposed to be just Johnny Manziel being Johnny Manziel.

After lulling the world into a false sense of defensive security with great defensive performance after great defensive performance – missing Dak Prescott in the Mississippi State win probably helped feed the illusion – then came the Auburn nightmare, which will forever be defined by “Davis! Davis!! Davis!!!,” but was really made possible by a late touchdown drive by Nick Marshall to tie it. When the Tide defense had to come through like it has done time and again, it didn’t.

But Alabama was supposed to be motivated to get back on the field and make a big statement against Oklahoma – until Trevor Knight pulled his own version of Manziel.

Did Saban and defensive coordinator Kirby Smart figure this out? Because that’s going to be the biggest question of the 2014 college football season.

Again, the talent is there, and it’s undeniable. It’s just a question of whether or not it can get the job done for what Alabama hopes is a 15-game season.

The Crimson Tide are going to look every bit the College Football Playoff sure thing for most of the season, thanks to a relatively favorable schedule with no offensive juggernauts to deal with – Ole Miss will be dangerous, though - until getting a Manziel-less Texas A&M at home in mid-October. LSU is great again, but it’s going to be more of a powerful team than an explosive one, at least in the biggest games, and there’s no Georgia, Missouri or South Carolina to deal with.

So will Alabama’s amazing defensive numbers and rankings be real? Of course, but the world might not know whether or not this year’s team has an Achilles’ heel until the Auburn game, and then, possibly, against Marcus Mariota and Oregon, or Braxton Miller and Ohio State.

But it all keeps going back to talent. NFL scouts are drooling over the Alabama running backs, the receiving corps is fantastic, and the line is once again outstanding. The defense is full of a who’s who of four and five-star talent, and even the one slight problem of last year, the secondary, is at least full of upside.

Consider it a mortal lock. Alabama is going to win at least ten games for the seventh straight season, but can it go unbeaten for the first time since 2009? It sort of doesn’t matter, and it might not make a difference whether or not the defense has been tweaked. All that anyone cares about is whether or not Saban is holding up the new College Football Playoff trophy in Dallas with confetti flying around him. The talent is there to make that happen.

What to watch for on offense: All eyes will be on Lane Kiffin. Like him or not, issues and all, a reasonable case could be made that Kiffin is still better than most of the head coaches in college football in terms of recruiting and offensive production, but he’s not leading USC anymore, or any other program, as Alabama’s offensive coordinator. The pressure is on to not only keep the production going after a better-than-given-credit-for season from the 2013 Alabama offense, but to make it even more efficient and even better despite the loss of QB AJ McCarron. Alabama has kept details of what Kiffin is about to do mum, but the playbook is being made easier, taking advantage of players who are simply better than the opposing defense, often by a lot. He’s a pro-style coach with pro talent, and with the easier O, the goal is to get everyone to get the basics down so well that the pace will naturally speed up.

What to watch for on defense: Who’s going to play in the secondary? The one big concern going into last season was the lack of a Dee Milliner-type corner to lock things down. While there weren’t any problems against the average passing games, and giving up 13 touchdown passes and just 2,344 yards on the season isn’t bad, five of the scoring plays came against Texas A&M, two came against Auburn and four against Oklahoma – quick math; 11 of the 13 touchdown passes came in the two losses and the near-miss against the Aggies. Alabama is 2-5 in the last seven games when the defense gave up two passing scores, and this year, while Deion Belue is gone along with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and now more reshuffling needs to be done. They have to be more productive against the better passers.

The team will be far better if… the kicking game doesn’t stink. Is Adam Griffith ready? A decent kickoff man last year, he hit just one of his three field goal tries, missing a 30-yarder against Georgia State and missing a 57-yarder against Auburn – it sort of turned into a big deal. Rarely does the placekicking make a huge difference for Alabama, but Cade Foster failed on three makeable field goals against Auburn. Can Griffith step in and make sure the situation is settled? The top placekicking prospect in the nation two years ago, he has the leg and he has the potential to be great. He just can’t cost the team that didn’t come away with enough points in the red zone.

The Schedule: This is about as easy as could reasonably be asked for. The Crimson Tide don't play a 2013 bowl team until October, and faces just two - at Ole Miss and Texas A&M - before November 8th. In all, there are just five games against teams that went bowling last season, and none against the non-conference foes. West Virginia should get absolutely drilled in the season opener, and the rest of the world outside the SEC is a joke.

Getting Florida at home and Tennessee on the road is a help - South Carolina and Georgia are probably the East's two best teams, and they're not on the slate - and the two difficult road games - at Ole Miss and at LSU - come after getting a week off. The one big down side is the midseason stretch of four road games in five dates, but Texas A&M and Auburn are at home, as is a potentially scary game against an improved Mississippi State.

Best offensive player: Junior RB T.J. Yeldon. It’s not like Mark Ingram is tearing up the NFL, and Trent Richardson is hovering around mega-bust category, but that doesn’t mean the next-level types aren’t interested in what Alabama is trotting out in its backfield. Yeldon is a dangerous runner with excellent size and outstanding speed, and he’s a good receiver, too – but Derrick Henry might be even better, and if and when Kenyan Drake is back in the mix, he could be the team’s most effective back when he gets his chances. However, it’s Yeldon’s running game early on, but he’ll split the work. On the plus side, he’ll be fresh without having to carry the entire workload. However, he won’t get the stats to be in the Heisman chase.

Best defensive player: Senior LB Trey DePriest. With prototype size on the inside, he’s a tough middle man with huge hitting ability and the leadership to be the next great Alabama linebacker. Crimson Tide linebackers rarely put up massive numbers compared to other top defenders, but it’s more about leadership, big games, and doing everything right as the star of one of the nation’s best defenses. That’s DePriest. He can get behind the line at times, but his real worth will be as the one everything will work around. As the only returning starter in the linebacking corps – even though there’s experience coming back – he’ll have to do even more in what needs to be an all-star season.

Key player to a successful season: Junior QB Jacob Coker. Let’s just say that Alabama quarterbacks didn’t look ready to replace Mr. McCarron this offseason. Blake Sims and Cooper Bateman have talent, but can either one be consistent? That might not get a chance is Coker is everything he’s supposed to be. Transferring over from Florida State after the rise of Jameis Winston, Coker has the size and the massive arm to stretch the field and make the dangerous receiving corps shine. The key will be to limit the mistakes and be efficient like McCarron had to do, but he’ll also have to pull at least one big win out of his hat – he has to be the leader, even though he needs experience.

The season will be a success if ... Alabama wins the inaugural College Football Playoff. Not making the four-team playoff – no matter how – would be an epic disaster, but really, just getting into the final four would be a good year, even for Alabama. Of course, the program measures seasons by adding to the pile of national championships, and considering all the talent brought in, it’s win or bust.

Key game: Nov. 8 at LSU. Considering the Texas A&M and Auburn showdowns are at home, the big focus will be on the date in Death Valley in what, at the very least, will go a long way to defining the national title picture, and it could turn out to be the SEC title game if both teams are as good as expected. There was a reason AJ. McCarron and Nick Saban had their big embrace after last year’s 38-17 win – everyone in the program knows what a war the LSU game always is. Expect another battle, and if the Crimson Tide can come away with the win, it’s smooth sailing – ha! – with the last three games against Mississippi State, Western Carolina and, of course, Auburn at home.

2013 Fun Stats:
- First Half Scoring: Alabama 300 – Opponents 83
- Fourth Down Conversions: Alabama 7-of-12 (58%) – Opponents 5-of-19 (26%)
- Punt Return Average: Alabama 14.2 yards – Opponents 4.5 yards
 
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