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Published on September 29th, 2014 | by Carver Rayburn

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On Paper: Comparing Alabama & The Ole Miss Rebels

The numbers never lie. While an argument can be made that at times the statistics can be skewed (depending on who a school has played), the comparison, more times than not, is a good indicator on how the game will play out.

Notable stats include both teams landing Top 5 spots in the NCAA for Total Defense. Alabama ranks first nationally in Third Down Conversions (63%), while Ole Miss’ defense is third nationally in points allowed per game (8.5).

PLUS FOR BAMA
Alabama is doing very well stopping the run, giving up just 62 yards per game on the ground. Ole Miss has struggled establishing a consistent rush attack, averaging 109 yards per game.

PLUS FOR OLE MISS
The Rebels are sixth nationally in defensive passing yards, giving up an average of 133 per game and second nationally with nine interceptions. The Crimson Tide has thrown often and early lately, with success.

PENALTIES
If Ole Miss wants to win this game, penalties must become non-existent. Through four games, the Rebel defense has allowed 11 first downs on penalties. The offense has struggled with false starts at the line of scrimmage.

ALABAMA OFFENSE vs. OLE MISS OFFENSE

TOTAL OFFENSE
                     Yards Per Play     Yards Per Game     NCAA Rank
BAMA                    7.5                               587                               6    
OLE MISS            6.4                               496                             23

SCORING OFFENSE
                        Points Per Game                 NCAA Rank
BAMA                         42                                           16
OLE MISS                  39                                          29

PASSING OFFENSE
                        Yards Per Game                 NCAA Rank
BAMA                     335.8                                       12
OLE MISS              335.5                                       13

RUSHING OFFENSE
                       Yards Per Game                 NCAA Rank
BAMA                     116                                            20
OLE MISS              109                                           28

THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
                          Percentage                       NCAA Rank
BAMA                      63%                                        1
OLE MISS               52%                                       10

COMPLETION PERCENTAGE
                         Percentage                       NCAA Rank
BAMA                    70.8%                                      5
OLE MISS             70.7%                                      6

ALABAMA DEFENSE vs. OLE MISS DEFENSE

TOTAL DEFENSE
                     Yards Per Play     Yards Per Game    NCAA Rank
BAMA                  4.51                               250                              5
OLE MISS            3.7                                 248                              4

SCORING DEFENSE
                     Points Per Game                NCAA Rank
BAMA                      14                                            10
OLE MISS              8.5                                            3

PASSING DEFENSE
                     Yards Per Game                   NCAA Rank
BAMA                      188                                         24
OLE MISS               133                                           6

RUSHING DEFENSE
                     Yards Per Game                  NCAA Rank
BAMA                        62                                           3
OLE MISS                114                                         34

THIRD DOWN CONVERSIONS
                        Percentage Allowed         NCAA Rank
BAMA                              24%                                      3
OLE MISS                       27%                                      12

INTERCEPTIONS
                                  Team Total         NCAA Rank        
BAMA                               2                              99
OLE MISS                        9                               2

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About the Author

Carver Rayburn was born and raised an Ole Miss Rebel in Oxford, Mississippi. He has worked for many newspapers and magazines in both editorial and advertising, including OffBeat Magazine, The Hattiesburg American, The Meridian Star, The Neshoba Democrat, The Madison County Journal, The Clarke County Tribune, The New Albany Gazette, Southeastern Football Saturdays, and Rebel Yell. He currently lives in New Orleans and has a four-year-old son, Hart. You can contact Carver at carverrayburn@hotmail.com.



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