Alabama Crimson Tide: The Objective Primer and Rankings Roundup

Second verse, same as the first? Hope not. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0, 0-0 SEC) @ Penn State Nittany Lions (1-0, 0-0 Big Ten)
3:30pm, September 10, 2011
Beaver Stadium (Capactiy: 107,282)

Now that we actually have some 2011 stats to go on, the Objective Primer can be properly filled out. Unfortunately, the numbers for Penn State and Alabama were put up against Indiana State and Kent State, respectively. As such, not too much stock can be put into the numbers. The stats and some quick analysis after the jump.

Penn St.   Alabama
245 (16) Rushing Offense 183 (43)
114 (97) Passing Offense 299 (22)
107.88 (86) Passing Efficiency 111.98 (81)
359 (70) Total Offense 482 (24)
41 (33) Scoring Offense 48 (17)
65 (21) Rushing Defense -9 (1)
105 (14) Passing Defense 99 (13)
170 (12) Total Defense 90 (2)
7 (T14) Scoring Defense 7 (T14)
2 (T37) Sacks 4 (12)
3 (T83) Sacks Allowed 2 (T58)
7 (T40) Tackles for Loss 7 (40)
3 (T9) Turnover Margin -4 (111)
5.17 (59) Punt Returns 13.45 (24)
55.5 (1) Kickoff Returns 31.5 (20)
National Rank in parentheses

Again, the Week One opponents for each team did little to answer many questions. However, Alabama's defense put up some serious numbers last week. Negative nine yards rushing? That doesn't bode well for Silas Redd and Co., but then Penn State's running backs are slightly better than whomever the Golden Flashes put on the field last week.

Other than that, not much stands out. Alabama apparently had some turnover issues against Kent State, which is good, as this type of game is won by field position, turnovers, and special teams. If Penn State can figure out its kicking game in short order and continue to find ways to force turnovers, this game just might turn out OK for the good guys.

The Rankings - Week One

BCS Rankings and the six computer rankings that help makup the BCS will not be included until the week of October 16th.

AP Coaches Pre-Snap Read CBS BCS
Penn State 23 20 18 23 N/A
Alabama 3 2 1 2 N/A

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