Pundits love to say, "Statistics are for losers." And maybe they are, if you're a Michigan Wolverines fan.

Consider these "fun with math" numbers from ncaa.com regarding the upcoming CFP Playoff Rose Bowl combatants:

Michigan

Rushing Offense 161.8 ypg (59th)
Passing Offense 218.8 ypg (73rd)
3rd down conversion 46.7% (14th)
4th down conversion 83.3% (1st)
Rushing Defense 86.6 ypg (5th)
Passing Yards Allowed 152.6 ypg (2nd)
3rd down defense 30.8% (15th)
4th down defense 32.1% (7th)
Penalty ypg - 26.31 (1st)
Net Punting 41.48 Net (19th)

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Schedule Strength
- TeamRankings.com = 4th
- College Football News = 65th
- ESPN SOS = 33
- Sagarin Rating 56th

Alabama
Rushing Offense 172.7 ypg (48th)
Passing Offense 228.5 ypg (60th)
3rd down conversion 46.7% (15th)
4th down conversion 78.9% (6th)
Rushing Defense 124.5 ypg (30th)
Passing Yards Allowed 188.8 ypg (23rd)
3rd down defense 33.9% (24th)
4th down defense 36.0% (11th)
Penalty ypg 49.23 (55th)
Net Punting 41.93 Net (12th)

Schedule Strength
- TeamRankings.com = 2nd
- College Football News = 6th
- ESPN SOS = 5th

- Sagarin Rating = 3rd

No wonder so many in Vegas are betting the house on the Crimson Tide.

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