As noted in the previous post, since 2002 Georgia is 13-10 in one score conference regular season games, which isn’t bad, but is certainly a lower winning percentage than the overall one during Richt’s tenure.
Curiosity has gotten the better of me, so I went back over the records from ’02 forward to see if there was any pattern to Georgia’s play in these types of games. It turns out there are a few.
First, here’s the list of the games:
- 2007: USC (L); Alabama (W); Vanderbilt
- 2006: Mississippi (W); Vanderbilt (L); MSU (W); Florida (L); Kentucky (L)
- 2005: USC (W); Arkansas (W); Florida (L); Auburn (L)
- 2004: USC (W); Tennessee (L); Arkansas (W); Florida
- 2003: LSU (L); Florida (L)
- 2002: USC (W); Alabama (W); Tennessee (W); Florida (L); Auburn
When you break it down, here’s some of the patterns you get in these close games:
- Against ranked opponents: 2-7
- Against unranked opponents: 11-3
- When Georgia scores less than 20 points: 4-7
- When Georgia scores 20 or more points: 9-3
- Home games: 4-4
- Road games: 8-2
- Florida: 1-4
Interestingly enough, that notable difference in record depending on whether the Dawgs broke the 20 point mark in a game isn’t reflected in a similar way on the defensive side. Georgia was 7-5 in these games when it held the opponent to less than 20 points; it was 6-5 in the remaining games.
I know a win’s a win and all that. But that road record is an amazing stat.