Stat of the Day: Alabama forced more punt yards then offensive yards allowed in 2012

Photo: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, the Big 12 is moving more and more towards air-raid, spread and no-huddle offenses every year. Several teams in the Pac-12 – lead by Oregon, of course – are already there.

Everyone knows that it is defense that wins championships, however, and that fact seems to invariably lead us as college football fans back to the south. More specifically, back to Alabama, winners of three of the previous four national titles.

Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide has hoisted one crystal football after another on the strength of a series of 11 young stars that play more like there are 15 guys on the defensive side of the football at any given time.

Such play has resulted in quite a few punts, as one might imagine. In a stat that reminds us just how dominant the Tide played in 2012 (when a young defense was supposed to be more vulnerable), the program forced more punt yards than yards it allowed offensively. Seriously.

Alabama forced 83 punts for a total of 3,528 yards last season.

Over 837 total offensive plays run against the Tide, Saban’s “D” only gave up 3,500 yards.

That, ladies and gentlemen, is how this program was able to build such a nice new facility, complete with the hallway shown above.

Oh yes, and the waterfall, of course.

Photo: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Kelly Lambert-USA TODAY Sports

[H/T: College Football Reddit]