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SEC Stats: Bandits And Butterfingers

mrsec stat analysis newAs 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)

  School   Takeaways   Def. Snaps   Snaps/Takeaway
  Florida   10   229   22.90
  LSU   8   276   34.50
  Texas A&M   6   216   36.00
  Alabama   5   187   37.40
  Missouri   4   158   39.50
  Auburn   7   311   44.42
  Ole Miss   6   279   46.50
  S. Carolina   7   332   47.42
  Miss. State   4   211   52.75
  Kentucky   3   194   64.66
  Georgia   4   282   70.50
  Arkansas   3   216   72.00
  Tennessee   3   224   74.66
  Vanderbilt   3   242   80.66


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)

  School   Giveaways   Off. Snaps   Snaps/Giveaway
  Georgia   3   288   96.00
  Texas A&M   3   228   76.00
  Alabama   3   200   66.66
  Ole Miss   5   302   60.40
  LSU   5   287   57.40
  Missouri   3   168   56.00
  Miss. State   4   205   51.25
  Arkansas   4   200   50.00
  Kentucky   4   175   43.75
  Vanderbilt   5   203   40.60
  S. Carolina   9   349   38.77
  Auburn   9   286   31.77
  Florida   9   279   31.00
  Tennessee   8   196   24.50


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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