Both teams have the same record and a first half blowout against a good SEC team, so I assume that the statistical story would support that.
It turns out that, for the most part, the teams are very close statistically speaking. Here’s how they compare in the conference in certain key categories:
- Scoring offense – Georgia 3rd; LSU 4th
- Scoring defense – Georgia 8th; LSU 9th
- Total offense – Georgia 1st; LSU 3rd
- Passing defense – Georgia 10th; LSU 9th
- Sacks against – Georgia 3rd; LSU 1st
- Turnover margin – Georgia 6th; LSU 7th
There is one category, though, where Georgia owns an advantage of significance. The Dawgs lead the conference in rushing defense, while LSU is ranked 5th in the SEC. That ripples into the total defense numbers, where Georgia ranks 3rd and LSU 9th. As both teams like to run power offenses, that strikes me as noteworthy.
Also, for what it’s worth, according to Sagarin, Georgia has amassed its stats against the 22nd toughest schedule in the country to date. Sagarin rates the Tigers’ schedule at a considerably weaker 64th.
It’s early food for thought.