That really is the story of the SEC East this year, isn’t it? First Georgia, then South Carolina and now it’s Florida’s turn. But Georgia’s got a chance to reinvent the narrative.
There’s a lot of good stuff in Bill Connelly’s Cocktail Party preview (not that I’d expect anything less). Although he’s pessimistic about Georgia’s chances, here’s the statistical nugget that gives me some hope:
How much resistance can the Dawgs offer at the moment? That answer will probably be determined by first-and-10. The advantages the Gators have on passing downs are dramatic — Florida’s offense ranks ninth on passing downs, Georgia’s defense ranks 79th; Florida’s defense ranks sixth on passing downs, Georgia’s offense ranks 52nd — but the tables can be turned a bit on standard downs. Even having played without Michael Bennett for a couple of games, Georgia still has the No. 1 standard downs offense in the country. [Emphasis added.]
Now Bill goes on to point out that Florida’s defense is none too shabby on standard downs – better than South Carolina’s, in fact, and we know how that went three weeks ago – but still. Georgia is probably going to have to throw to set up the run and fortunately that’s been a strength this season. Bobo just needs to tell the little voice inside his head whispering “balance” to take a hike and go dance with what’s brung him to what is still the second-best SEC team in total offense.