Bernie follows up on yesterday’s post here about SEC defenses and quarterbacks with a look at the current passer ratings of every quarterback Georgia faces this season. Remarkably (insert disclaimer about small sample size here), there’s not a number lower than 138.1 on his list.
Why is that remarkable? Well, when the NCAA adopted the metric in 1980, based on data from the previous fifteen seasons, the numeric goal was to make the average QB rating 100. Rule changes and offensive philosophies having significantly changed in the period since then have seen the average adjust up to 130, approximately. In other words, you can say that if those numbers roughly hold up (I know, I know), Georgia won’t defend a single below average passer this season.
The bottom line here is that we’ve never seen an era in college football with a passing game as robust as we’re seeing now. And my guess is that with the new targeting rule, the trend line will continue to climb.