Tide Does Job Vs. Top SEC Foes
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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