Courtesy the Tuscaloosa News:

In an effort to keep players from looking past Saturday’s game at Bryant-Denny Stadium, University of Alabama defensive coaches neglected to tell them that Duke has scored only one offensive touchdown this season.

“What? Really?” senior defensive tackle Jeremy Clark said. “It doesn’t matter, though. The focus is not on them, it’s on us.”

For the first time this season, the Tide isn’t facing a spread offense and will likely feature more of its base 4-3-3 scheme.

So far, Alabama has almost entirely played its 3-3-5 package with an extra defensive back on the field.

“The best thing they do is throw the boots and waggles,” defensive coordinator Joe Kines said. “They do a real nice job with that, the play-action and misdirection.

“They sprint the quarterback out and get him on the corner and out of the pocket really well. They have given some teams problems, blocking two people on the edge and getting him out on the run.”

Statistically, Duke ranks 87th or worse in every major offensive category, and averages just 37.5 rushing yards.

Another statistical mismatch is turnovers. Duke has lost 10, which is one off the ACC “lead” while Alabama has forced 14, ranking fourth nationally.

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