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Nothing Matters More Than Turnovers In The SEC

Everyone who’s ever watched a football game knows that turnovers are one of the biggest determining factors in who wins and who loses.  And nowhere is that more true than in the Southeastern Conference.

Missouri and Texas A&M fans, you’re walking into a league where the teams are tightly bunched together and a single dropped ball on gameday can ruin your weekend.  The numbers?  Well, they’re eye-popping.  Plain eye-popping.

We’ve gone back over the past five Southeastern Conference football season and looked at the turnover results in every single SEC versus SEC contest (49 games per year including league title game which equals 245 games overall).  Here a few of the nuggets we found:


* In 2010, 37 of the SEC’s 49 games ended with one team holding an advantage in turnover margin.  The team that was the plus side of turnovers was 32-5 for a winning percentage of 86.4%.

* In 2011, 39 of the SEC’s 49 games ended with one team holding a turnover advantage.  The team that was on the plus side of the turnover battle went 33-6 for a winning percentage of 84.6%.

* In the last two seasons combined — that’s 98 SEC versus SEC games — only 11 times has a team lost the turnover battle and won the game.  That’s a winning percentage of 11.2% if your squad lost the turnover battle during the last two years.


To further break it down, we’ll first look at last year’s numbers and then dig into the 2007-2011 data.  Click to see the full statistics.

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