Once more, let’s take a look at how Georgia is faring in certain statistical categories in which it excelled in each of those seasons in which it played in the SECCG under Richt (’02, ’03 ’04 and ’05). 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 nine for Georgia in the SEC statistical rankings.
- Defensive scoring: 20.2 ppg
- Turnover margin: +3 (.38 pg)
- Total offense: 431.2 ypg
- Total defense: 6th (298.1 ypg)
- First downs: 1st (21.8 pg)
- Passing offense: 1st (258.8 ypg)
- Sacks by: 7th (15)
Garbage time or not, LSU managed to wound those defensive numbers quite a bit. On the other hand, the Dawgs remain solid on the offensive front and managed to move the turnover margin number in the right direction.
Florida isn’t likely to help improve the defensive numbers, but after that Georgia has Kentucky, Auburn and Georgia Tech left on the regular season slate. None of those schools is an offensive powerhouse right now.