Bama, Notre Dame offensive red zone numbers strikingly different

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Come Monday night when the Tide and Irish go to war, reaching the red zone will be a premium for either team. Both defenses are good enough to minimize trips to the red zone, as Bama has only yielded 27 trips and Notre Dame 33. That’s good for #1 and 7 in the country.

So, either offense’s ability to capitalize on scoring attempts inside the mandatory points zone will be massive in terms of the outcome and momentum. And we know how much momentum plays into college football.

But Bama and Notre Dame’s offense couldn’t be more different, numbers wise.

Rank

Team

Att

Scores

Score %

TD

TD%

FG

FG %

#15

Alabama

57

51

89.47

41

71.93

10

17.54

#79

Notre Dame

58

46

79.31

27

46.55

19

32.76

Bama has put the ball in the end zone much more often with virtually the same number of attempts than Notre Dame. Of course Bama has had the luxury of running behind the primo offensive line in college football and two 1,000-yard running backs in Eddie Lacy and TJ Yeldon, but it speaks to AJ McCarron’s leadership, too. Scoring touchdowns 71 percent of the time is a downright nasty number. Anything over 70 percent is as good as it gets in college football.

Notre Dame, on the other hand, hasn’t made the most of their trips in the red zone, scoring just 79 percent of the time and scoring touchdowns only 46.55 percent of the time.  It’s imperative that touchdowns – not field goals – have to be the goal, not just points for Brian Kelly’s offense.

Nonetheless, each top-rated defense will limit opportunities and trips to the red zone, and each offense must be set on scoring touchdowns, not merely just settling for three.

Photo Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

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