Countdown to kickoff: 33

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. 33 and what it means to UA football. See all the previous editions here.

Nothing makes a coach happier than winning the turnover battle and time of possession. Previously on the Countdown, we detailed Alabama's success in limiting mistakes last season. Today we'll take a look at another reason for UA's success last season -- holding onto the football.

The Crimson Tide were stingy with the football, winning the time of possession battle by more than 5 minutes. Alabama held the football for nearly 33 minutes per game last season. To be exact, UA averaged 32 minutes, 48 seconds with the football each game.

Only Georgia fared better in the SEC at keeping the ball out of the opponent's hands.

  1. Georgia: 33:38

  2. Alabama: 32:47

  3. South Carolina: 31:34

  4. LSU: 31:29

  5. Tennessee: 30:45

  6. Vanderbilt: 29:53

  7. Ole Miss: 28:52

  8. Kentucky: 28:38

  9. Florida: 328:18

  10. Arkansas: 28:05

  11. Auburn: 27:58

  12. Mississippi State: 26:15

Nationally, Alabama ranked No. 12 in time of possession.