Hmm… maybe Grantham’s on to something here.
“Because our offense is so explosive — South Carolina went for it on fourth-and-2 — I think we’re going to see a lot of fourth downs because people feel like they’ve got to keep the ball,” defensive coordinator Todd Grantham said. “We obviously didn’t play the one flip play very good, but we’ll learn from it and move on.”
So perhaps there’s a silver lining to all the injuries, as teams may feel justified playing more conservatively, eh?
Of course, another way to cut down on opponents gambling on fourth-down calls would be to get an occasional stop.
Snark aside, there is something to the argument that SEC offenses are simply more potent this season. As Barnhart notes, Mississippi State’s higher ranked defensive unit did a noticeably worse job with LSU than Georgia did.
After throwing for 372 yards and making one NFL throw after another in a 44-41 loss to Georgia in Week 5, Mettenberger followed it up by completing 25 of 29 passes for 340 yards against Mississippi State, which had the No. 20 defense in the country going into the game. Mettenberger’s offense racked up 563 yards and closed the game with a 31-0 run to win 59-26.
I don’t expect this defense to suddenly turn a corner and become a shutdown unit. The thing is, that’s not really necessary. If Georgia’s defense could just win a couple of more series, with an offense that’s generating close to forty points a game, that’s enough to get the job done. That’s not an unreasonable goal, is it?