Well, they’re in. So whatever comes of this season goes into the stat watch. Here’s where things stand now (stats via cfbstats.com, natch):
- Hold opponents under 18 points per game. As a team, Georgia is yielding 18.8 ppg.
- Finish at least +8 in turnover margin. Georgia’s turnover margin is +6.
- Average better than 380 yards per game on offense. Georgia’s offense is averaging 471.1 ypg.
- Finish in the top five in total defensive yardage. Georgia’s defense ranks sixth in total defense.
- Finish in the top three in first downs. Georgia is fourth in first downs.
- Finish no worse than third in passing yardage. Georgia is fourth in passing yardage.
- Finish no worse than third in sacks. Georgia is seventh in sacks.
Auburn proved to be good for what ailed them, stat wise. But looking at the conference stats, it’s going to be hard for Georgia to hit those last two metrics – the three teams in front of them all throw the ball well and the Dawgs aren’t playing pass-happy squads the next two weeks, which will limit sack opportunities. If that’s how things play out, we’ll revisit this in the offseason. There’s no question expansion has impacted this.