November 13th, 2012 09:25 AM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Explosive Plays Covering, Miranda Writes, Turnover Battle
This week we bring you another numbers-centric breakdown of the SEC’s biggest game of the week. On most weeks this fall — when he’s not in California watching his own son play college football — guest analyst Ralph Miranda will provide us with a quick Tuesday breakdown of CBS’s Game of the Week or another big game airing on ESPN.
Ralph knows the game. He was a walk-on linebacker for Notre Dame’s 1977 national championship team and he also served as color analyst for Vanderbilt football games on television in the 1990s. His own site can be viewed here.
We think his short breakdowns — focusing on stats that coaches often say are the most important stats in football — will give you a little something extra as we wrap up one week and roll into the next.
And now, I turn it over to Ralph for his breakdown of Texas A&M’s 29-24 takedown of previously unbeaten Alabama…
Texas A&M — 0 (0 fumbles, 0 interceptions)
Alabama — 0 (1 fumble, 2 interceptions)
1st-and-10 Plays Covering 4+ Yards:
Texas A&M — 30 1st-and-10 Plays / 16 of 4+ yards (53%)
Alabama — 24 1st-and-10 Plays / 14 of 4+ yards (58%)
3rd Down Conversions:
Texas A&M — 11 of 18 (61%)
Alabama — 7 of 15 (47%)
Explosive Plays Covering 20+ Yards:
Texas A&M — 6 (2 on what turned out to be the eventual game-winning drive)
Alabama — 5
Three Keys To Victory:
1. Some Spread, Eh?
The Aggies run a spread offense. Nothing special about that, most college football teams do that these days. Most college football teams don’t have “Johnny Football” however. A&M had a brilliant game plan. They spread Alabama out by running 4 and 5 WR sets. This accomplished a couple things. First, it allowed the true freshman QB Johnny Manziel to be able to read Bama’s coverage schemes. A defense cannot disguise their coverages as well when the offense is spreading the field. Manziel found the open receiver and delivered the rock on target most of the night. Second, spreading the field allowed A&M to get Manziel into the open and forced Alabama to make plays in space. More often then not, they didn’t.
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