You've heard it in seemingly every pregame or in-game interview done in the last decade or so, and probably beyond.
“What do you have to do to win this game, Coach?”
“We have to win the turnover margin.”
It has turned into a cliche, trite comment, pulled from “The Great Book of Sideline Coaching Platitudes,” but here’s the thing: It’s pretty much true.
Move the ball with efficiency and turn the ball over less than your opponent, and there’s an excellent chance that you’ll walk away with a victory.
Among the NCAA’s top 11 teams in turnover margin in 2013, three were BCS qualifiers (Florida State, Michigan State and Baylor) and another five won at least 10 games (Louisville, Oklahoma State, Missouri, South Carolina, Northern Illinois).
In other words, teams that held onto the ball were successful.
But what about those that didn't? Who gave it away often or at key times?
Those were teams that often had disappointing seasons last fall.
Here's a look at six teams that were actually better than their records in 2013.