Auburn football: How Tigers stack up against SEC, nationally in key statistical categories

Jarrett Stidham threw for 273 yards in Week 1 but didn't play much in Week 2. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Jarrett Stidham threw for 273 yards in Week 1 but didn't play much in Week 2. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Two weeks worth of games isn’t a lot, but it’s enough to start analyzing some statistics. Each week we’ll take a look at how the Auburn football team stacks up statistically against the SEC and nationally.

The seventh-ranked Auburn football team is 2-0 with one hard-fought win — a 21-16 victory against then-No. 7 Washington in the season opener — and one easy win, a 63-9 rout of FCS Alabama State last week.

Things will start to take shape better after Week 3 with Auburn playing No. 12 LSU and one other SEC-only matchup (Alabama vs. Ole Miss) and Week 4 when almost every SEC team is playing a conference game.

Here’s a look at how Auburn football measures up statistically through the first two weeks of the season.

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Team statistics: Where Auburn football ranks

Here’s where Auburn ranks in the SEC with which school is leading the conference. The number in parenthesis is Auburn’s national ranking in the category.

Total offense

1. Texas A&M: 629.5
6. Auburn: 493.5 (33rd)

Scoring offense

1. Ole Miss: 61.5
7. Auburn: 42.0 (30th)

Rushing offense

1. Mississippi State: 302.0
3. Auburn: 288.0 (16th)

Passing offense

1. Ole Miss: 407.5
11. Auburn: 205.5 (85th)

Total defense

1. Mississippi State: 233.5
5. Auburn: 301.5 (34th)

Scoring defense

1. Mississippi State: 8.0
6. Auburn: 12.5 (23rd)

Rushing defense

1. Texas A&M: 68.0
4. Auburn: 74.5 (17th)

Passing defense

1. Florida: 77.0
9. Auburn: 227.0 (79th)


Red zone offense

104. Auburn: .750. That’s not great. In 12 red-zone trips this season, Auburn has six rushing touchdowns, one passing score and two field goals. That’s 9 out of 12 scores.

Red zone defense

36. Auburn: .714. Auburn has allowed two passing touchdowns, three field goals and no rushing scores on seven trips to the red zone by opponents.


3. Auburn: 4.5 per game. Auburn has totaled nine sacks for minus-64 yards in its first two games.

Turnover margin

30. Auburn: +1.0. Auburn has

Individual statistics: Where Auburn football players rank

National rank in parenthesis

Passing yards

1. Jordan Ta’amu, Ole Miss: 784
8. Jarrett Stidham: 386 (71st)

QB rating

1. Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama: 237.2
10. Jarrett Stidham: 151.12

Rushing yards

1. Scottie Phillips, Ole Miss: 311
10. JaTarvious Whitlow: 150 (72nd)
13. Shaun Shivers: 124 (115th)
15. Kam Martin: 120 (119th)

Receiving yards

1. Emanuel Hall, Missouri: 342
23. Ryan Davis: 86 (NR)


1. Kylin Hill, Mississippi State: 30
9. Anders Carlson: 15 (140th)

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So what should anyone read into these above statistics?

Not a lot.

Remember, most teams haven’t played a top-10 opponent in the first two weeks of the season and no team will have played two teams ranked inside the top 12 after three weeks.

The individual statistics will grow — most the Auburn starters didn’t play a full half last week — so those rankings aren’t anything to be concerned about.

The biggest statistic is wins and Auburn has the right amount entering its game against LSU.