I’m keeping track of seven SEC statistical categories, all of which have in common that the Dawgs excelled in each in the three years the team went to the SECCG.
Just to remind you, these are the statistical goals, based on what those teams accomplished:
- Hold opponents under 17 points per game.
- Finish at least +8 in turnover margin.
- Average better than 380 yards per game on offense.
- Finish in the top five in total defensive yardage.
- Finish in the top three in first downs.
- Finish no worse than third in passing yardage.
- Finish at least third in sacks.
Obviously, some of the offensive stats took a bit of a hit in the wake of the South Carolina game, but not as much as I thought. Here’s where Georgia stands in these categories right now:
- Points allowed per game: 15.
- Turnover margin: 0
- Total offense per game: 358.5 yards
- Total defense per game: 290 yards, 4th in the conference
- First downs: 38, 8th in the conference
- Passing yardage per game: 223.5, 7th in the conference
- Sacks: 7, 1st in the conference
Western Carolina should be a good opportunity for Georgia to fatten some of those numbers.