As long as Georgia is in the hunt to go to Atlanta, I’ll track its current status in seven statistical categories that the Dawgs excelled in during the seasons they previously appeared in the SECCG under Richt. Those are as follows:
- Hold opponents under 17 points per game.
- Finish at least +8 in turnover margin.
- Average better than 380 yards per game on offense.
- Finish in the top five in total defensive yardage.
- Finish in the top three in first downs.
- Finish no worse than third in passing yardage.
- Finish at least third in sacks.
And here’s how things stand after week seven for Georgia in the SEC statistical rankings.
- Defensive scoring: 18.3 ppg
- Turnover margin: 0
- Total offense: 430.3 ypg
- Total defense: 4th (273.8 ypg)
- First downs: 2nd (22.2 pg)
- Passing offense: 1st (271.2 ypg)
- Sacks by: 4th (13)
Overall it still looks they’re in the ballpark, in that there isn’t a category in which there’s no chance of recovery. But there may be a fault line opening up, as evidenced by the turnover margin and sack numbers. There has to be a little concern about the lack of defensive pass pressure so far, although as I recall, it took the Dawgs some time before the pass rush developed last year.