Let’s take a look at how Louisville & Alabama fared statistically against one another during the 2017 season.  Clearly this will not apply to the game this week, but it might be interesting to note where the Cards and Tide were strong/weak last season and it might be notable if either trend continues into 2018.

Louisville Alabama
Strength of Schedule (Sagarin) 45th 27th
Scoring Offense (ppg) 38.1 (11th) 37.1 (15th)
Total Offense (ypg) 544.9 (3rd) 444.1 (29th)
Passing Offense (ypg) 299.8 (15th) 193.4 (91st)
Rushing Offense (ypg) 245.08 (13th) 250.64 (13th)
Scoring Defense (ppg) 27.4 (70th) 11.9 (1st)
Total Defense (ypg) 388.1 (62nd) 260.4 (1st)
Passing Defense (ypg) 224.7 (66th) 165.7 (6th)
Rushing Defense (ypg) 163.38 (63rd) 94.71 (1st)
Punt Returns (ypr) 5.13 (103rd) 7.92 (58th)
Kickoff Returns (ypr) 19.32 (96th) 21.90 (44th)
Opponent Punt Returns (ypr) 5.95 (46th) 6.5 (58th)
Opponent Kickoff Return (ypr) 19.79 (46th) 18.71 (24th)
Punting (ypp) 43.50 (24th) 42.18 (50th)
Field Goal % 85.0% (11th) 67.9% (90th)
Opponent FG % 56.3% (11th) 87.5% (116th)
First Downs (per game) 27.1 (2nd) 22.2 (35th)
Opponent First Downs (per game) 20.5 (70th) 15.4 (7th)
Penalties (ypg) 51.1 (59th) 40.6 (21st)
Turnover Margin (season) 2 (53rd) 14 (5th)
Time of Possession 30:25.23 (56th) 29:45.21 (71st)
Sacks (Per Game) 2.08 (62nd) 2.86 (20th)
Tackles for Loss (Per Game) 6.08 (58th) 7.21 (24th)
Sacks Allowed (Per Game) 2.54 (99th) 1.93 (59th)
Tackles for Loss Allowed (Per Game) 5.15 (29th) 4.00 (7th)
Interceptions (season) 13 (45th) 19 (7th)
Passes Defended (per game) 4.69 (48th) 6.07 (8th)
Fumbles Recovered (season) 10 (27th) 5 (109th)
Fumbles Forced (season) 12 (36th) 8 (83rd)
Fumbles Lost (season) 11 (95th) 7 (43rd)
Interceptions Lost (Season) 10 (53rd) 3 (1st)
Kick/Punts Blocked (season) 2 (31st) 2 (31st)
3rd Down Conversion % 44.20% (28th) 40.45% (60th)
4th Down Conversion % 63.33% (24th) 83.33% (1st)
Opponent 3rd Down Conversion % 41.34% (87th) 34.58% (30th)
Opponent 4th Down Conversion % 57.89% (94th) 36.84% (11th)
Red Zone Conversion % 84.75% (62nd) 85.29% (57th)
Red Zone TD Conversion % 61.02% (69th) 67.65% (30th)
Red Zone Trips 59 (19th) 68 (4th)
Opponent Red Zone Conversion % 87.18% (97th) 75.0% (18th)
Opponent Red Zone TD Conversion % 74.36% (124th) 46.88% (9th)
Opponent Red Zone Trips 39 (28th) 32 (11th)
Kickoffs (ypk) 60.20 (94th) 63.18 (28th)
Plays 959 (33rd) 944 (39th)
Yards Per Play 7.39 (3rd) 6.59 (13th)
Plays +10 Yards 274 (2nd) 222 (14th)
Plays +20 Yards 92 (6th) 70 (31st)
Plays +30 Yards 38 (17th) 30 (48th)
Plays +40 Yards 23 (14th) 18 (35th)
Opponent Plays +10 Yards 174 (62nd) 131 (8th)
Opponent Plays +20 Yards 59 (66th) 40 (2nd)
Opponent Plays +30 Yards 30 (89th) 13 (1st)
Opponent Plays +40 Yards 13 (54th) 4 (2nd)
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