I’ll try to get into a little more depth as the game approaches, but for a start, here’s the stat that jumps out at me:
- Michigan State (#37 SOS per Sagarin) – 5.1 yards per play on offense; 5.3 yards per play on defense, for a net minus 0.2 ypp
- Georgia (#14 SOS per Sagarin) – 6.8 yards per play on offense; 5.1 yards per play on defense, for a net plus 1.7 ypp.
Just to give you some context, Georgia beat four teams this season which managed not to give up more yards per play than they gained. Those teams are Arizona State, Tennessee, LSU and South Carolina.
That’s no guarantee of success, of course. But it’s a pretty good indication that Sparty isn’t anything special, either.