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Statistics never lie except in this case

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Which is the most surprising to you?


Scoring Defense — Advantage: Notre Dame
Notre Dame: #1 in the nation (10.3 points allowed per game… 10 touchdowns and 18 field goals)
Alabama: #2 in the nation (10.7 points allowed per game… 18 touchdowns and 5 field goals)

Scoring Offense — Advantage: Alabama
Alabama: #13 in the nation (38.5 points per game… 65 touchdowns and 15 field goals)
Notre Dame: #74 in the nation (26.8 points per game… 36 touchdowns and 24 field goals)

Rushing Defense — Advantage: Alabama
Alabama: #1 in the nation (77.7 yards allowed per game)
Notre Dame: #4 in the nation (92.4 yards allowed per game)

Rushing Offense — Advantage: Alabama
Alabama: #19 in the nation (224.62 yards per game)
Notre Dame: #29 in the nation (202.50 yards per game)

Passing Defense — Advantage: Alabama
Alabama: #2 in the nation (166.2 yards allowed per game)
Notre Dame: #21 in the nation (194.4 yards allowed per game)

Passing Offense — Advantage: Notre Dame
Notre Dame: #74 in the nation (218.8 yards per game)
Alabama: #79 in the nation (214.5 yards per game)

Total Defense — Advantage: Alabama
Alabama: #1 in the nation (246.0 yards allowed per game)
Notre Dame: #6 in the nation (286.8 yards allowed per game)

Total Offense — Advantage: Alabama
Alabama: #38 in the nation (439.1 yards per game)
Notre Dame: #48 in the nation (421.3 yards per game)

Turnover Margin — Advantage: Alabama
Alabama: #12 in the nation (plus-13 in 13 games)
Notre Dame: #24 in the nation (plus-9 in 12 games)

Edited by Noah, 07 January 2013 - 12:06 PM.

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The battles Alabama has to win....

Alabama played three games all season that were decided by five points or less: a 21-17 win over LSU, a 29-24 loss to Texas A&M, and a 32-28 win over Georgia in the SEC Championship Game.  Here’s what’s interesting about those games:

*  Those contests were the only three times all season that Crimson Tide quarterback AJ McCarron failed to hit the 140 mark in quarterback rating.

*  Those were the only three foes to rush for more than 100 yards against the Tide (139 for LSU, 165 for A&M, and 113 for UGA).

*  LSU, Texas A&M, and Georgia had the only three quarterbacks to post passer ratings of higher than 129 against Bama.

*  Those were also three of the four contests in which Alabama lost the turnover battle (minus-2 versus LSU, minus-3 versus Texas A&M, minus-1 versus Georgia, as well as minus-1 in a win over Florida Atlantic).
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Approximately 22% of Notre Dame's points came from field goals, and Notre Dame was forced to score by field goal as opposed to a TD 40% of the time. Meaning 40% of their scoring drives ended in a field goal.

My question is how many field goal attempts did they miss, I'm sure it was more than a handful.

Those poor bastards may not even score tonight.
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Alabama struggled against every good team that they faced. Stats don't always tell, to quote Paul Harvey, the rest of the story.
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