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.