Statistics can be misleading at times, but generally speaking, teams that have a positive turnover margin also have a winning record.

Ole Miss is proof positive of that in the early stages of 2015.

The Rebels are off to a 3-0 start and have a plus-6 turnover margin in those games. Last week, Ole Miss knocked off Alabama, 43-37, for its first win in Tuscaloosa since 1988 — and the first back-to-back wins over the Crimson Tide in school history.

How did it happen? Chad Kelly and the Ole Miss offense took care of the football, and Alabama’s offense didn’t. Five Alabama turnovers led directly to 24 Rebel points, while Ole Miss played a turnover-free game.

On the other side of the ledger, Vanderbilt’s margin is an SEC-worst minus-7, and those miscues have been a factor in its 1-2 start.

Of course, turnover margin isn’t a perfect indicator of success — and certainly not after just three weeks.

South Carolina is tied for third in the league at plus-3 despite its 1-2 record. The Gamecocks’ issues, it seem, run deeper than the turnover battle.

Here’s a look at the SEC’s turnover scoreboard through Week 3:

RankName Turn. Margin Fum. Rec. Int. Total Lost
1 Mississippi 6374
2 Tennessee 5331
3 South Carolina 3142
3 Georgia 3052
5LSU 2110
5Kentucky 2244
5Florida 2244
5Arkansas 2233
9 Missouri 0246
10 Alabama -2327
10 Texas A&M -2226
10 Mississippi State -2024
13 Auburn -5128
14 Vanderbilt -7108

The Rebels lead the SEC in a few statistical categories through three weeks, and they share the league lead in fumble recoveries (3) with Tennessee and Alabama.

Meanwhile, Georgia and Mississippi State are the only two teams that have yet to recover a fumble this season. MSU has had only one chance to do so, while Georgia is tied for the league-high with seven forced fumbles.

Odds are, some of those loose balls are going to start bouncing Georgia’s way at some point.

Alabama (75 percent) and Florida (66.7 percent) are the only teams in the SEC that are recovering opponent fumbles at a rate higher than 50 percent.

As a comparison, Ole Miss and LSU shared the SEC lead with a 55.6 percent recovery rate last season.

Here’s a look at the fumble scoreboard through three weeks, indicating a team’s fumble recoveries, its own fumbles, its opponents’ fumbles and the rate for recovering those opponent fumbles so far this season:

Rank Name Fumbles Rec. FumblesOpp. Fum. Rec. %
1 Mississippi 32742.86
1 Tennessee 30650
1 Alabama 32475
4 Texas A&M 23633.33
4 Missouri 21633.33
4 Arkansas 21450
4 Kentucky 20450
4 Florida 22366.67
9 Auburn 12714.29
9 Vanderbilt 12616.67
9 South Carolina 10520
9 LSU 10250
13 Georgia 0270
13 Mississippi State 0410