We’re all aware at this point of the fact that the ’08 defense is the only one in Georgia’s history to yield 35+ points in five regular season games. The Dawgs rank 65th nationally in points allowed per game, at 25.6. The only SEC teams with worse showings are Arkansas and LSU.
I thought I’d take a look at how each opponent’s point total against Georgia ranked against that team’s slate for the season. Here’s how it all stacked up.
- Georgia Southern (21). The eighth best score the Eagles posted this year. Elon, Furman and Samford held them to less points than did Georgia.
- Central Michigan (17). The only team on the schedule that Georgia held to its lowest score on the season.
- South Carolina (7). Only Florida held the ‘Cocks to a lower score.
- Arizona State (10). Southern Cal was the only team to allow ASU to score less this season.
- Alabama (41). This was the second highest amount of points ‘Bama scored this year. Only Arkansas yielded more.
- Tennessee (14). This was the seventh best showing in terms of points scored for the Vols in ’08.
- Vanderbilt (14). There were three games when Vandy scored more than this and three more games besides Georgia’s when Vandy scored fourteen.
- LSU (38). This was LSU’s third highest point total this year.
- Florida (49). Believe it or not, this was only Florida’s sixth best point total of the season.
- Kentucky (38). Kentucky only topped this amount one time this year, against Western Kentucky.
- Auburn (13). Sadly, this was Auburn’s seventh best number of 2008.
- Georgia Tech (45). The Jackets scored their greatest number of points in their last game of the season.
So basically, the Dawgs were on a pretty good defensive run through the first four games of the year, fell apart against Alabama, put in an average showing against two mediocre/bad offenses and then essentially collapsed down the stretch.
Of course the big question is what happened – did injuries take their toll, did the team lose focus in the wake of the ‘Bama debacle, did offensive coordinators figure out how to outscheme Martinez, did the team have personnel weaknesses that were exploited. Those are all things Richt will have to evaluate in the offseason.