Dawg stat watch ’08, week eight

And we’re back to the weekly feature looking at how Georgia is faring in the statistical categories in which it excelled in happier times, i.e., seasons in which it played in the SECCG under Richt.  Those are as follows:

  1. Hold opponents under 17 points per game.
  2. Finish at least +8 in turnover margin.
  3. Average better than 380 yards per game on offense.
  4. Finish in the top five in total defensive yardage.
  5. Finish in the top three in first downs.
  6. Finish no worse than third in passing yardage.
  7. Finish at least third in sacks.

And here’s how things stand after week eight for Georgia in the SEC statistical rankings.

  1. Defensive scoring:  17.7 ppg
  2. Turnover margin:  0
  3. Total offense:  429.6 ypg
  4. Total defense:  3rd (269.7 ypg)
  5. First downs:  2nd (22.6 pg)
  6. Passing offense:  1st (260.1 ypg)
  7. Sacks by:  8th (13)

There’s a lot there to like in all of that, but that fault line I mentioned last week is becoming more pronounced.  The turnover margin and the sacks figures point to a problem on defense that we have to hope begins to turn around this week.


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2 responses to “Dawg stat watch ’08, week eight

  1. I seem to remember Richt saying that we’re only a few sacks away from being 3rd, that it’s a tightly bunched group.

    If we can go +8 on turnovers from here on out, I like our chances.


  2. Georgia is only two sacks away from being tied for third, but it’s been trending steadily downward in the rankings as several schools have caught and surpassed it.

    It’s the trend that’s concerning.

    I agree with you on turnover margin.