And we’re back to the weekly feature looking at how Georgia is faring in the statistical categories in which it excelled in happier times, i.e., seasons in which it played in the SECCG under Richt. Those are as follows:
- 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.
And here’s how things stand after week eight for Georgia in the SEC statistical rankings.
- Defensive scoring: 17.7 ppg
- Turnover margin: 0
- Total offense: 429.6 ypg
- Total defense: 3rd (269.7 ypg)
- First downs: 2nd (22.6 pg)
- Passing offense: 1st (260.1 ypg)
- Sacks by: 8th (13)
There’s a lot there to like in all of that, but that fault line I mentioned last week is becoming more pronounced. The turnover margin and the sacks figures point to a problem on defense that we have to hope begins to turn around this week.