— Carson Tinker (@carsontink) January 3, 2013
Each day until the BCS National Championship Game, Daily Bama Blog contributor Brett Hudson will count down to kickoff, giving us bits and pieces of that day’s significance to Alabama and Notre Dame. Today is four days until the game, which means Brett is examining the number “four.”
–Alabama’s defense (second in the nation in scoring behind Noter Dame’s) is giving up only 4 yards a play (782 plays, 3,198 yards)
–To compare, Notre Dame is giving up 4.55 yards a play (757 plays, 3,442 yards)
–Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron is tied for fourth in the nation with David Fales of San Jose State in yards per pass attempt with 9.3. Georgia’s Aaron Murray is No. 1 with 9.8.
–Robert Lester and HaHa Clinton-Dix lead the Crimson Tide with four interceptions each.
–Alabama has lost the time of possession battle four times this season, in games against Western Kentucky, LSU, Texas A&M and Western Carolina. The combined score for games in which Alabama loses the time of possession battle is 129-46 in the Tide’s favor.
–The Alabama defense has forced four shutouts this season: Western Kentucky, Arkansas, Western Carolina, and Auburn. The 2012 season was the first time Alabama has had four shutouts in one season since 1979.
–Alabama’s No. 4 is true freshman running back T.J. Yeldon, who came from Daphne High to the Tide and rushed for 1,000 yards. Yeldon has been the No. 2 running back in the 1-2 punch with Eddie Lacy.
–Notre Dame has two players wearing No. 4s, including reserve running back George Atkinson III. Atkinson, a sophomore from Stockton, Calif., has rushed for 361 yards this season on 51 carries. Atkinson has not been stopped for a loss this year. Notre Dame’s other No. 4 is sophomore safety Eliar Hardy from Reynoldsburg, Ohio. Hardy has not played this season after missing the 2011 campaign due to a knee injury.