Here’s a statistical tale for you to ponder. Georgia finished last season +10 in turnover margin. Not surprisingly, the Dawgs were better in that metric in their wins (+15) than in their losses (minus-5).
But here’s the strange part: in both cases, they ranked quite well in comparison with their conference peers. Georgia finished first in the SEC in turnover margin in wins – with a big gap between them and the rest of the SEC when you measure on a per game basis – and fourth in losses (third on a per game basis). So on a quantitative basis, you might think turnovers mattered more last season in helping the team win than in contributing to the losing. Yet, if you’re like me, it’s the key turnovers in the losses that stick in your brain. The Florida game was the only one where the sheer number of times Georgia flipped the ball was the controlling factor. To the extent that turnovers negatively affected the outcome, the rest came more from bad timing than the numbers.