Study Hall: Alabama 20, Mississippi State 7

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Advanced stats from Alabama's 20-7 win over Mississippi State on Saturday.

Confused? Visit the Advanced Stats glossary here. Or just skip to the words. I won't be offended. (Okay, I'll only be a little offended.)

So I was pretty down on Bama following this game ... not doubting so much as just disappointed in them (because I'm their father now, apparently). I don't think I realized that MSU fumbled four times ... and lost none of them. MSU recovered all six of the game's fumbles. That will keep you closer than you should be.

Still, this was a total sleepwalk Alabama's offense, bailed out only by a small handful of big plays.

Alabama 20, Mississippi State 7

Alabama MSU Alabama MSU
Close % 100.0% STANDARD DOWNS
Field Position % 49.2% 39.7% Success Rate 44.7% 35.3%
Leverage % 58.5% 58.6% PPP 0.50 0.34
S&P 0.944 0.695
TOTAL
EqPts 34.1 17.6 PASSING DOWNS
Close Success Rate 38.5% 29.3% Success Rate 29.6% 20.8%
Close PPP 0.52 0.30 PPP 0.56 0.25
Close S&P 0.909 0.597 S&P 0.859 0.457
RUSHING TURNOVERS
EqPts 18.0 5.5 Number 4 1
Close Success Rate 37.5% 25.9% Turnover Pts 17.3 2.6
Close PPP 0.56 0.20 Turnover Pts Margin -14.6 +14.6
Close S&P 0.938 0.462
Line Yards/carry 3.04 2.04 Q1 S&P 0.646 0.459
Q2 S&P 0.876 0.766
PASSING Q3 S&P 1.682 1.144
EqPts 16.1 12.1 Q4 S&P 0.506 0.059
Close Success Rate 39.4% 32.3%
Close PPP 0.49 0.39 1st Down S&P 0.915 0.684
Close S&P 0.881 0.714 2nd Down S&P 0.856 0.590
SD/PD Sack Rate 5.6% / 0.0% 7.1% / 5.9% 3rd Down S&P 0.952 0.590
Projected Pt. Margin: Alabama +1.8 | Actual Pt. Margin: Alabama +13
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