published Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Telling numbers for No. 1 Alabama

The numbers are adding up for Alabama.

Nick Saban's Crimson Tide have reached the open date of their season with a 5-0 record and having outscored their opposition 201-35, but that's just the tip of the telling statistics regarding college football's No. 1 team. The only disappointing number so far in Tuscaloosa is three, as the Crimson Tide have lost tailbacks Jalston Fowler and Dee Hart and receiver DeAndrew White with season-ending knee injuries.

Hart, who had 21 carries for 88 yards this year, and White, who had eight catches for 105 yards and two touchdowns, were injured in Saturday night's 33-14 win over Ole Miss.

The Crimson Tide return to action Oct. 13 at Missouri in a game that will be televised by CBS at 3:30 p.m. EDT.

0 -- Points allowed by the Crimson Tide defense this season after their offense turns the ball over. Of course, Alabama has turned it over just three times.

2 -- The 100-yard rushers Alabama has allowed since the start of the 2008 season: Tennessee's Tauren Poole (117 yards in '10) and Georgia Southern's Dominique Swope (153 last year).

2.4 -- The Crimson Tide's positive per-game turnover ratio.

2.75 -- Pass breakups a game by junior cornerback Dee Milliner, more than any player nationally.

7 -- Points allowed per game, which leads the nation.

8.5 -- Percent in which Tide opponents have produced scoring drives this season (5 out of 59).

17 -- Career wins by Alabama starting quarterback AJ McCarron, out of 18 opportunities.

24 -- Alabama's scores in the red zone this season, out of 24 trips.

25 -- Consecutive games in which Alabama has led or been tied at halftime. The Tide have outscored foes in the first half since October 2010 by 392 points.

31.5 -- Yards per kickoff return, an average bolstered by Christion Jones' 99-yard score Saturday against Ole Miss.

56.9 -- Percent in which Alabama scores on drives (33 of 58), which leads the SEC.

68 -- Interceptions made by the Tide since the start of the '09 season, compared to 14 interceptions thrown.

191.6 -- Yards allowed per game, which ranks second nationally.

206 -- Consecutive passes by McCarron without an interception, breaking Brodie Croyle's school mark of 190.

about David Paschall...

David Paschall is a sports writer for the Times Free Press. He started at the Chattanooga Free Press in 1990 and was part of the Times Free Press when the paper started in 1999. David covers University of Georgia football, as well as SEC football recruiting, SEC basketball, Chattanooga Lookouts baseball and other sports stories. He is a Chattanooga native and graduate of the Baylor School and Auburn University. David has received numerous honors for ...

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