I love it when media pundits throw out some piece of data which they wield to imply something significant, when upon closer inspection the whole exercise shows that they’re simply talking out of their derrieres.
Today’s example comes from TSN’s Matt Hayes, who in giving us a list of eight MNC contenders for next season, tries to temper the enthusiasm for Georgia by writing that
Everyone’s excited about the Dawgs, but their seven straight wins came against teams (Vanderbilt, Florida, Troy, Auburn, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Hawaii) with 31 total losses.
Bummer, man. It’s probably not even worth noting that five of those seven teams wound up in bowls, so gloomy sounding is Hayes. I mean, 31 losses… that sounds like a lot of wins over bad or mediocre teams… Georgia’s schedule must not be as strong as I thought…
Hey, wait a minute. There’s only one other team on Hayes’ list that even has at least a current seven game winning streak – BYU. And BYU’s last seven opponents lost a combined 48 games.
And just for yuks, here’s a comparison for you, Matt: even though Southern Cal and LSU didn’t win their last seven games in a row, each school’s last seven opponents lost a total of 37 games.