From now until kickoff in Arlington, Texas, we'll be counting down the days before Alabama and Michigan get the season started. Today, we move to No. 55 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.
The University of Alabama offense may not have been the flashiest thing in the world, but it was certainly effective. The Crimson Tide produced 55 touchdowns in 2011-12, scoring 34.8 points per game en route to another national championship.
And when you're giving up just 8.2 points per game, how much offense do you really need?
As it turns out, not that much. Looking back on last season, it's surprising to consider how lopsided the games were. With the exception of a three-point loss to LSU in November, no team finished within two touchdowns of the Tide. Penn State came the closest, losing handily, 27-11. As the Countdown pointed out yesterday, UA's margin of victory was 29.08 points.
The touchdowns scored by the Tide came from a number of places. AJ McCarron threw 16 and rushed for two more, Trent Richardson ran for 21 and caught three more, while the rest of the UA backfield combined for 11 scores. Special teams netted one touchdown. Even the defense got involved, putting the ball in the end zone four times -- three on interception returns and once on a recovered fumble.
For all the talk of Alabama's offense being stagnant, UA finished 20th in the country in scoring. Richardson finished sixth in all of college football in scoring and McCarron finished 71st in total offense.
Inside the 20-yard line, Alabama scored 55 percent of the time. Had it not been for a shaky field goal unit, UA could have put up the most points per game in the Nick Saban era.