Those of you who are card-carrying members of the “Get the Cocktail Party Out of Jax! Now!” movement no doubt will find fault with today’s post from Bill Connelly, but sometimes stats are stats, people.
… The teams we generally refer to as the toughest to beat at home are, in most cases, the toughest to beat, period. The teams with notable “homefield edges,” really, are the ones who are much more stout at home than on the road. [Emphasis added.] The list I produced by comparing home and road results against common opponents gave us an almost counter-intuitive view of home-field advantage.
Based on his metric (although he doesn’t specify the time period over which he calculates his results), Georgia ranks 111th overall. Why so low?
… Teams like LSU, Alabama, Georgia and Oregon — teams known for having loud, mostly huge (except in Oregon’s case) home crowds — have almost no “homefield edge” whatsoever because they are also likely to play quite well on the road.
It’s not the travel that’s caused Georgia to endure a 3-16 stretch in Jacksonville. It’s the Gators.