It’s just week three, and several conference schools have only played twice so far, so you don’t want to read too much into the conference statistics, but there are still a couple of items worth taking note of in the current SEC statistical rankings if you’re a Georgia fan.
On the plus side, the Dawgs are a perfect 10 for 10 in red zone offensive production, even taking into account their struggles in Columbia. That’s tops in the conference. It’s been a hallmark under Bobo, as Georgia finished second in ’07 in that category.
The negative stuff is no surprise: Georgia ranks dead last in kickoff coverage and penalties. With regard to the latter, it’s even worse than you might expect, as Georgia is also tenth in opponent penalties. The net effect is that the Dawgs are giving their opponents a net of almost fifty yards per game from penalties. That’s the kind of thing that winds up costing a team a game at some point in time.
The most eye catching stat in the conference right now doesn’t belong to Georgia, though. Auburn has allowed its opponents to convert three out of forty six third down opportunities. That’s a 6.5% conversion rate. I don’t care who you’ve played, that’s an incredible number. The next best percentage nationally is three times that.