Tide Does Job Vs. Top SEC Foes

One of the advantages of scanning sites of all Southeastern Conference teams each day is seeing the work of a fellow who goes by the moniker "StatTiger" on the Scout site covering Auburn. As the name implies, he looks at sports through statistics.

All statistics are not created equal. Alabama Coach Nick Saban is among many in his fraternity who point to a few key statistics as being particularly important, notably turnover margin, third down performance, and Red Zone efficiency. (One being added by some coaches in this era of the Hurry-Up-No-Huddle attacks is length of possessions, in terms of plays run by the HUNH opponents.)

A recent post by StatTiger pointed to the records of SEC teams when playing other SEC teams with a winning percentage of .750 in conference games over the past five years. Some statistics are indicators of future performance; this one seems more an explanation of why teams have or have not been successful.

Alabama was the only team to have a winning percentage in such games. The Crimson Tide has gone 11-6 in those contests over the past five years, which is a .647 success rate. Alabama, of course, has dominated the SEC in that time.

The league as a whole in games against .750 winners was 53-171 for only .237.

Florida was the only team other than Bama to not have a losing record. The Gators have gone 8-8 in such games.

Wonder why Georgia under Coach Mark Richt has a reputation of coming up short in big games? Perhaps because the Bulldogs in these games over the past five years have gone 2-12 for .143, eighth.

The self-proclaimed Ball Coach isn't much better. Steve Spurrier's South Carolina has been 3-10 (.231), seventh.

LSU ranks third at 7-12 (.368), Auburn is fourth at 6-11 (.353), and Arkansas fifth at 5-14 (.263).

Texas A&M was also at 5-14, so perhaps it includes the Aggies' record in the Big 12 for four years; same for Missouri, which was 1-12 (.077), tied with Kentucky at 10th.

Others were Ole Miss at 2-13 (.133) for ninth; Vandy 1-14 ((.067) 12th; Mississippi State 1-16 (.059) for 13th; and Tennessee 1-17 (.056) and last.

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