Dawg stat watch: what it takes to win, week 3.

If you’ve read my previous posts on the topic, you’re aware that these are the statistical benchmarks that Georgia achieved in the three years it went to the SECCG under Mark Richt (’02, ’03 and ’05):

  1. Hold opponents under 17 points per game.
  2. Finish at least +8 in turnover margin.
  3. Average better than 380 yards per game on offense.
  4. Finish in the top five in total defensive yardage.
  5. Finish in the top three in first downs.
  6. Finish no worse than third in passing yardage.
  7. Finish at least third in sacks.

I’m keeping track of the Dawgs’ progress in each of these statistical categories in 2007. Here’s where Georgia stands in these categories right now:

  1. Points allowed per game: 15.3
  2. Turnover margin: -1
  3. Total offense per game: 359.7 yards
  4. Total defense per game: 260.3 yards, 2nd in the conference
  5. First downs: 59, 6th in the conference
  6. Passing yardage per game: 223, 7th in the conference
  7. Sacks: 8, 2nd in the conference

A mixed bag, to say the least.  Given some of the offenses in the SEC this year, meeting the goals of #5 and #6 is starting to look like it may be a tall order.

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