I see from the comments here that plenty of you have your minds made up about Grantham and I don’t expect that’ll likely change. But I do think the statistical story is more complicated than some of you are willing to acknowledge. This, for example, is pretty staggering:
Georgia has allowed 33 touchdowns this season. About a third (10) came either against Georgia’s offense/special-teams units or on drives that covered 40 yards or less. Nearly a quarter of those 33 touchdowns (eight) came against the offense/special teams or on drives that covered 20 yards or less.
TDs vs. UGA offense/special teams: 4
TD drives of 20 yards or less: 4
TD drives of 40 yards or less: 6
TD drives of 50 yards or less: 7
That doesn’t include the occasional short drive that ended in a field goal, or, for that matter, Saturday’s safety. But that’s how you get to this:
Georgia ranks 112th nationally and last in the SEC in opponent yards per point — a statistic that divides the number of points a team allows by the yardage its opponent covered to score. The five teams that rank immediately behind Georgia’s average (12.1) on that list have a combined 7-35 record this season: Cal (1-8), Colorado (3-5), Idaho (1-8), UTEP (1-7) and Iowa State (1-7).
(The complete rankings in opp ypp are here, if you’re interested.)
Now, Ching is right to note that even if the defense has been handed more than its fair share of tough spots, that doesn’t mean it couldn’t have stepped up at a better rate.
“…Georgia’s defense could always have made more stops after being placed in those bad positions. And the Bulldogs certainly could stand to become more effective on third down (they’re 12th in the SEC, allowing opponents to convert 42.5 percent of the time).”
The Dawgs are 110th in opponents’ red zone touchdown percentage.
In other words, the 92nd ranking in defensive scoring has truly been a team effort.