As is the case each and every season, each and every week, any omission below is not on purpose, it’s merely intentional.
Alabama vs. Oregon: Tale of the Tape
Seeing as Alabama and Oregon play in different conferences on essentially opposite sides of the country, there’s very little concrete data available to compare the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country. With Tennessee on both of their schedules this season? Yeah, the comparisons were going to be inevitable. Back on Sept. 14 in Eugene, the Ducks led the Vols 38-7 at halftime; Oct. 26 in Tuscaloosa, the Tide led the Vols 35-0 after two quarters of play. The final scores were 59-14 for the former, 45-10 for the latter. The Ducks totaled 687 yards of offense while holding the Vols to 316; the Tide gave up 322 while gaining 479.
If special teams is your thing, Oregon was forced to punt three times while Alabama punted just twice.
The conclusion? There is none, of course, other than UT was whipped six weeks apart by two very, very, very good football teams who could possibly square off in early January if they continue their winning ways. That said, feel free to use the numbers to further whatever agenda you may be wanting to push. Enjoy!
Brutus the Bully
With the three teams ahead of them in the BCS standings winning by a combined score of 136-41, Ohio State needed a statement game, something they’ve lacked throughout 2013. Unfortunately for Penn State, that’s exactly what OSU went out and did. The Buckeyes bullied the Nittany Lions in the first half, jumping out to a 42-7 before cruising to a 63-14 win. Winning in this fashion won’t necessarily help Ohio State, though; they’re not leapfrogging Alabama, Oregon or Florida State anytime soon as long as those three teams keep winning. Rather, such an impressive performance will likely keep the likes of Baylor from passing them in the polls and, thus, the BCS standings later on tonight. That said, it’s still hard to wrap my head around the fact that Ohio State could conceivably carry a 25-game winning streak into early January… and be on the outside looking in when it comes to the BCS title game. Again.