How this year's Bama stacks up

Compared to past editions, the 2013 team is making a case as the best yet

Updated: November 5, 2013, 1:19 PM ET
By Brian Fremeau | ESPN Insider

Nick SabanJim Rassol/Getty ImagesHow similar is Nick Saban's current Crimson Tide team to last season's BCS championship squad?

No program has been as consistently dominant in recent years as the Alabama Crimson Tide. Since 2008, coach Nick Saban's second year in Tuscaloosa, Alabama has lost only seven times in 76 games. It won its last four bowl games by a total of 107 points, and of course, three of those victories came in the BCS National Championship.

It should come as no surprise that heading into this season Alabama ranked No. 1 in our Program FEI metric, a measure of five-year drive efficiency data. The Tide's extraordinary success distanced them from the pack unlike any other program we've measured, setting the stage for a run at an unprecedented third consecutive national title.

Alabama sits atop the BCS standings and has the inside track to claim another BCS bowl berth. But how do the Crimson Tide compare with other recent Alabama teams? How will the matchup with LSU be similar to other recent Alabama-LSU showdowns? We turned to the stats to see how this year's contender measures up on offense, defense, special teams and overall.


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Brian Fremeau

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