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The SEC’s best 4th quarter finishers

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Scoring in the fourth quarter with the game on the line is premium in the SEC. And no one did it better in 2012 than the Florida Gators, who outscored their opponents 128-33 in the fourth quarter. Ironically, the Gators were the league’s worst in 2011 with a -50 differential, as opponents outscored them 72-22.

Will Muschamp’s motto all offseason last year was “Win the fourth quarter”, and Florida definitely accomplished that last season.

Alabama was second with +71 difference in the fourth quarter, and they’ve been very good the last two years in that department.

Five teams who won 10 or more games led the SEC. The only other team that accomplished that feat and wasn’t in the top six was Texas A&M. They finished even on point differential for 2012, but you have to remember, Kevin Sumlin called off the dogs late in some games because of blowout leads.

Auburn and Kentucky finished last in the SEC, and that shouldn’t surprise anyone.

The chart below is a look at how the SEC stacked up against each other scoring in the fourth quarter. It includes overtime, too.

Team 2012 2011
Florida 128-33 (+95) 22-72 (-50)
Alabama 118-47 (+71) 73-13 (+60)
S. Carolina 110-68 (+42) 55-54 (+1)
LSU 110-70 (+40) 88-20 (+68)
Georgia 94-65 (+29) 53-51 (+2)
Miss State 93-69 (+24) 36-55 (-19)
Tennessee 113-103 (+10) 36-55 (-19)
Texas A&M 105-105 (0) -
Ole Miss 92-99 (-7) 20-49 (-29)
Arkansas 71-75 (-8) 62-38 (+24)
Vanderbilt 67-81 (-14) 35-51 (-16)
Missouri 100-125 (-25) -
Kentucky 35-61 (-26) 41-56 (-15)
Auburn 39-76 (-37) 41-48 (-7)

Photo Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports





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