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SEC Stats: The Fife Factor, Week Five

A couple of weeks ago we unveiled a statistic that we’ve dubbed “The Fife Factor.”  Appropriately, this number reveals just how often a team shoots itself in the foot.

We consider penalties (on offense and defense), giveaways and sacks allowed as “miscues.”  Our goal was to see how many plays — on average — the SEC’s teams can run without a miscue.

Below you’ll find the latest Fife Factor ratings through Week Five:



The Fife Factor

Rank
School
Total Plays
Penalties
Giveaways
Sacks Allowed
Miscues
Plays/Miscue
1
Auburn
738
30
5
2
37
19.94
2
Tennessee
663
18
12
6
36
18.41
3
Ole Miss
682
24
9
8
41
16.63
4
Alabama
652
32
3
5
40
16.30
5
LSU
669
25
4
13
42
15.90
6
Vanderbilt
713
34
6
13
53
13.45
7
Kentucky
535
27
9
5
41
13.04
8
Florida
522
28
6
7
41
12.73
9
S. Carolina
647
35
5
12
52
12.44
10
Miss. State
541
32
14
4
50
10.82
11
Arkansas
537
37
6
7
50
10.74
12
Georgia
641
48
13
5
66
9.71




Observations:

* Okay.  Auburn 5-0.  Ole Miss 3-1.  Alabama 5-0.  LSU 5-0.  What the heck is Tennessee doing in with that bunch?  Well, if not for 8 interceptions from their starting quarterback, the Vols’ offense would actually look pretty decent right now.  Statistically they have already shown improvement over last year’s attack.  IF you take away those interceptions.  But to date, Lane Kiffin hasn’t been able to talk his way out of those.

* The big yardage numbers produced by Gus Malzahn’s flashy offense have grabbed the headlines, but just as impressive has been Auburn’s overall discipline as a team.  Currently they misfire just once every 20 plays.  That kind of efficiency will win a lot of games.

* Florida has only played four games, so maybe their numbers are a bit skewed.  Still, it’s hard to imagine a team that shoots itself in the foot as often as Florida does going into Baton Rouge on a Saturday night and winning with a backup quarterback.

* Arkansas ranks 11th in the conference in this stat with a miscue just about every 11 plays.  With bungling like that you would expect the team to be no better than .500 overall and 0-2 in the conference. 

* So what then should we make of Georgia?  The Bulldogs foul up a little less than once every 10 plays… which is terrible.  Yet they are still 2-1 in the league and 3-2 overall.  Does that show that they have enough talent to overcome their errors?  Or is it just a matter of time until their boo-boos catch up with them?

 


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