4-year study: Most takeaways in college football

Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday May 13, 2013


Posted by: Pete Roussel on Monday May 13, 2013

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Takeaways have such a critical impact on winning and losing.

Over the last four seasons in college football, Oregon leads the nations with 131 takeaways.  During the span, the Ducks were 46-7 and played in four consecutive BCS bowl games.

A year ago, Will Muschamp was dumbfounded that Florida accumulated only 14 takeaways in 2011.  That statistic ranked the Gators 112th nationally in takeaways.

Muschamp decided to put an extreme emphasis on 'rips, strips, bats, and picks' leading up the 2012 season. The Gators followed up by increasing the number of takeaways to 30, which ranked 17th nationally.

Former Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn said, "There's really two kinds of turnovers.  One that I'll call a 'conscious effort.'  You strip the quarterback.  You get a big hit on the running back."

"Then there are some that are an unconscious effort.  It was an overthrown ball and you picked it."

As August camp approaches, every defensive staff in the country will invest time in developing the mindset to take the ball from the opponent.

Some, however, do it better than others.  Last week, I listed 10 teams ready to accumulate the most turnovers per snap in 2013.

Here's a look at which teams have accumulated the most takeaways over the last four seasons:

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