The AJ-C’s Tim Tucker follows his colleagues and jumps on board the Penalty Express:
The Bulldogs keep talking a good game about reducing penalties, but so far without sufficient results. They remain the most frequently penalized team among the 119 in Division I-A. You can argue the flags didn’t cost the Bulldogs a game in the first half of the season, because they presumably would have lost to Alabama even if they hadn’t helped the Crimson Tide with penalties. But it’d be hard to argue that the Dogs can keep piling up penalties in the grueling second half of the season without having the problem cost them a game or more.
Sure, just like what happened to TCU, currently ranked 116th nationally in penalties per game, which narrowly defeated #9 BYU last night, 32-7, despite trying to lose the game by committing 10 penalties.
Can we lay off this nonsense once and for all? Of the nineteen teams ranked at the bottom of the list nationally, nine are ranked in the polls. In and of themselves, penalty numbers are simply not a relevant factor in winning football games. If you feel a need to cluck over something about the obstacles Georgia faces in its remaining games, the injury situation would seem to be a more relevant topic to explore.