Recruiting: The truth about Alabama’s offense


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Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy (12) celebrates after receiving the MVP as the Crimson Tide defeated the Florida Gators, 32-13, in the SEC Championship

The truth about Alabama’s offense
Greg McElroy was a first-year starter at quarterback for the Alabama Crimson Tide, and yet he was the SEC Championship Game MVP over Mr. Everything quarterback Tim Tebow. Maybe the Alabama offense isn’t as bad as Auburn’s negative recruiting would have people believe?

Here are some numbers that illuminate the truth about Alabama’s offense.

Alabama outperformed Auburn’s (passing) offense in SEC games. You know, games that count and were not against horrible teams in an effort to pad stats or your record so you can go to some insignificant bowl game with a horrible team that was 3-5 in SEC play. According to the data, Alabama averaged 192.2 yards per game against SEC teams; Auburn averaged 173.5 yards per game against SEC teams. In conference games, Alabama was 141 for 236 for 59.7% completion percentage and 1,730 yards with three interceptions and 12 touchdowns. In SEC games, Auburn was 116 for 212 for 54.7% completion percentage and 1,388 yards and nine touchdowns against five interceptions.

Alabama’s quarterback had a higher passer rating in conference games too. McElroy’s passer rating was 135.57; Auburn’s quarterback had a passer rating of only 119 in SEC games.

To explain how bad Auburn was against good competition—SEC teams—the only SEC schools that performed worse were Vanderbilt, Mississippi State and Kentucky. That is right, Auburn ranked ninth in passing yards per game in SEC play. There is no other way to describe Auburn’s passing offense other than below average. Charts follow below for those who prefer visual proof to text.

(Source for data: http://www.cfbstats.com/)

2009 SEC passing offense Total yards graphic by Capstone Report

2009 SEC passing offense Total yards graphic by Capstone Report

2009 SEC Passing Yards Per Game Graphic by Capstone Report

2009 SEC Passing Yards Per Game Graphic by Capstone Report