October 8th, 2013 02:00 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Auburn, BCS, Defensive Takeaway, Offensive Giveaway
As we’ve shown you before, turnovers mean just about everything when it comes to winning and losing SEC football games. With the season nearing its halfway mark, we thought it might be a good time to check out our current Bandits and Butterfingers statistical categories.
Below are the turnover-related numbers for SEC teams playing against BCS-level foes. The deeper we get into the season, the more these numbers will mean. For now, these stats will at least give a pretty good idea of which offenses need to improve and which defenses need to keep on keeping on…
Bandits (Snaps per Defensive Takeaway vs BCS-Level Foes)
Not surprisingly, the top six teams in the above category are a combined 27-4 overall, 15-4 versus BCS-level competition. The bottom three teams on that list — those teams who rarely force turnovers — are a combined 0-9 versus BCS foes.
Butterfingers (Snaps per Offensive Giveaway vs BCS-Level Foes)
Again, the top six in this category are thriving. Overall they’re a combined 26-5 overall. Interestingly, aside from Tennessee, the bottom four in this area have done well despite giving the ball away. But a check of the top table shows that all three of those squads — South Carolina, Auburn, and Florida — rank pretty well in forcing turnovers as well.
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