You know things are going well for your team when your defense and special teams are outscoring other teams’ offenses.
Alabama, known for its ability to score touchdowns on defense, has done something incredible this year. The Crimson Tide has as many non-offensive touchdowns this season (nine) as Stanford has scored on offense all year.
Alabama has scored as many TDs on defense & special teams as Stanford has on offense this season. pic.twitter.com/9K3EkAn1tH
— Paul Finebaum (@finebaum) October 13, 2016
Seeing South Carolina’s struggling offense on this list isn’t so surprising. Stanford is harder to explain. To be fair, the Cardinal (3-2) has played one game fewer than the Crimson Tide (6-0). But it’s still incredible.
Stanford has Christian McCaffrey, a Heisman finalist in 2015, and has reached the end zone just nine times.
Meanwhile, Alabama has scored a defensive or special teams touchdown in every single game in 2016, including two against Arkansas last week. The Crimson Tide has scored three times on interception returns, four times on fumble returns and twice on punt returns.
The good news for Stanford? It plays Notre Dame, which is allowing 29.5 points per game, this week. Scoring should come a little easier, even if McCaffrey is questionable with an injury.
However, Alabama, plays a fumble-prone Tennessee team Saturday. If the Crimson Tide defense returns a couple of those dropped balls for touchdowns, it could possibly keep pace with the Cardinal for at least another week.