Bama-Mizzou statistical breakdown

October, 12, 2012
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A.J. McCarronMatthew Emmons/US PresswireAlabama junior quarterback AJ McCarron matches up favorably with his Missouri counterparts, James Franklin and Corbin Berkstresser.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With No. 1 Alabama's matchup against Missouri on the horizon, let's take a look at the two schools with a fine-tooth comb.

With the help of the ESPN Stats and Information Department, we broke down some keys to the game:



Comparing the offenses

Like Ole Miss, the Missouri Tigers like to run a no-huddle, up-tempo style of offense that focuses on running as many plays as possible. If the Tigers get rolling and convert on third downs, they're difficult to stop.

Note: On designed running plays this season, Alabama is averaging 5.5 yards per rush and 4.0 yards before contact per rush.
Comparing the defenses

Missouri coach Gary Pinkel's defense is similar to Alabama's in a number of ways. The Tigers like to disguise where the coverage is and where the blitzes are coming from. They twist and stunt on the defensive line, which has resulted in nearly 20 more tackles for loss than Alabama.

Note: This season, 8.2 percent of offensive possessions against Alabama end with points, the lowest percentage in FBS. The Tide have forced 15 turnovers and allowed five scoring drives (5 touchdowns, 0 field goals). Their +10 ratio on turnovers forced to scores allowed is six more than any other FBS team.



Comparing the QBs

At first glance, you'd say Missouri is in a world of hurt without starting quarterback James Franklin, but you might be exaggerating. Franklin has more experience, but his execution on offense hasn't been far and away better than his backup, Corbin Berkstresser, who has started just one game, a win over Arizona State.

Note: AJ McCarron has no career turnovers in 90 career red zone plays (78 pass and 12 rush).



The little things

When it comes to mental mistakes, Alabama has the clear advantage over Missouri. As Tigers defensive back E.J. Gaines put it, "Alabama is a good team and they're really disciplined. If we want to win, we have to be the same way."

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Alabama/SEC reporter

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