Early Liberty Bowl thought

There’s a nice post over at cfbstats.com about which quarterbacks got off to the best start on their team’s opening drives this season.  If you saw the graphic CBS posted during the SECCG, it’s no surprise that Cam Newton leads the list, but I’m more impressed right now with the fifth name there, UCF’s Jeff Godfrey.  Here’s the line that the next quarterback Georgia faces has compiled in his (true!) freshman season: 21 for 28, 263 yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs and a 189.26 passer rating.  It’s that last stat which ranks fifth nationally on the list.

Those numbers ain’t bad, particularly for a true freshman.  They show he’s got some skills and an offensive coordinator who does a good job scripting opening series.  Given Georgia’s defense’s track record during opponent’s opening drives this season, that has the potential to lead to an anxious moment or two early on.

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11 responses to “Early Liberty Bowl thought

  1. The Original Cynical in Athens

    Well, Aaron Murray has already guaranteed that we will score 30+ for the 8th consecutive time, so it’s probably not that big a deal if UCF scores one early.

  2. Ralph

    You need to consider their strength of schedule. UCF sos was 114 according to Phil Steel. Not hard to drive against those teams. UGA sos was 43. A totally different level of competition.

    • I wasn’t comparing Murray and Godfrey here, so I’m not sure I get your point about SOS. You’re not arguing that it will be tougher for UCF to drive on Georgia just because the Dawgs played a tougher schedule, are you?

      • Hackerdog

        I think Ralph has a point. Stating that Godfrey is ranked #5 on opening drives sounds great. Saying he’s ranked #5 on opening drives against the 114th SOS sounds a little less great.

  3. Russ

    I know everyone is counting on us blowing UCF out, but they’re a decent team. Yeah, the SOS stat is telling, but if we let them get on a roll, our defense will have a hard time stopping that. We might have to score 30 or 40 to win a shootout. I hope I’m wrong, and we roll big. However, I’m only cautiously optimistic.

    • W Cobb Dawg

      I know essentially nothing about UCF’s team this year. But if they have a good QB, we’re probably going to have a tough game.

      By the way, UCF grads tell me the initials stand for “U Can’t Fail”.

    • dudetheplayer

      If any of us are expecting to blow UCF out, they aren’t paying attention.

      No expectations when it comes to Georgia football. That’s the only way to do it until further notice.

  4. Russ

    And I saw an interesting tidbit on that Liberty Bowl site. In 1967, Georgia lost to NC State 14-7, and the MVP of the game was….Jim Donnan. I had forgotten all about that.

  5. Ralph

    My point on the SOS is that a QB can have great numbers against easier teams while a better QB has lower numbers because of the teams that he faces. SOS is telling in this case.

  6. Bryant Denny

    Coach Saban said to tell all you folks that early drives don’t mean all that much. :(

  7. 69Dawg

    Ya think Ole George wants to beat the Dawgs?? Here’s hoping Karma has a long memory and we get some big breaks against him to make up for the Shanks non-fumble and the Joe Hamilton out of bounds play. Jim Donnan might still be the coach if he could have beat Ole George.