Tale of the tape

If Goldilocks were a college football fan, she’d love the Georgia Bulldogs, statistically speaking, at least.

Check out the ranking summary from the NCAA stats site:

TEAM RANKINGS
119 teams ranked in Division Football Bowl Subdivision
12 teams ranked in Southeastern Conference
Category National
Rank
Actual National
Leader
Actual Conf
Rank
Southeastern Conference
Leader
Actual
Rushing Offense 38 174.30 Navy 357.20 4 Arkansas 297.00
Passing Offense 73 209.10 Texas Tech 480.64 8 Kentucky 268.70
Total Offense 68 383.40 Texas Tech 542.82 7 LSU 455.30
Scoring Offense 32 32.80 Hawaii 50.22 6 Florida 41.30
Rushing Defense 33 126.90 Oregon St. 62.10 5 LSU 66.00
Pass Efficiency Defense 55 122.80 LSU 92.62 9 LSU 92.62
Total Defense 25 328.40 LSU 236.80 4 LSU 236.80
Scoring Defense 32 22.20 Ohio St. 11.36 4 LSU 16.70
Net Punting 18 37.91 Auburn 39.70 2 Auburn 39.70
Punt Returns 16 13.82 Kansas St. 22.06 3 Alabama 17.45
Kickoff Returns 52 22.00 Kansas 30.19 7 Tennessee 25.07
Turnover Margin 34 .50 Kansas 2.00 4 LSU 1.30
Pass Defense 27 201.50 Rutgers 153.20 8 South Carolina 163.27
Passing Efficiency 39 132.42 Oklahoma 179.95 5 Florida 175.57
Sacks 41 2.40 Georgia Tech 4.30 3 LSU 3.10
Tackles For Loss 43 6.60 Georgia Tech 9.50 4 LSU 7.10
Sacks Allowed 15 1.20 Tennessee .30 4 Tennessee .30

Get it?  Not too hot, not too cold…

Georgia doesn’t lead the SEC in a single statistical category, but is only in the bottom fourth of the conference in one category (pass efficiency defense).  Nationally, it’s the same story:  the punting game is in the top 15% of the country, and the worst statistical showing is 73rd (passing offense).

You’d hope that Goldie would take note of that national ranking in sacks allowed, though.  It’s probably churlish of me to point this out, but LSU currently ranks 79th in that category.  I’m certainly appreciative of Les Miles wanting to go in another direction at offensive line coach after last season.  I imagine Mark Richt is even more so.

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  1. JasonC

    The only scary thing is that are weakness is, as you noted, pass defense and we play the conference’s best pass team this week.