If you want to see something jaw dropping, check out these two charts at MrSEC.com:
Your eyes are not deceiving you. Georgia commits a miscue (defined as a combination of penalties, sacks allowed and turnovers) every eight plays. And it takes less than 20 plays for the Dawgs to turn the ball over. (It takes Auburn almost 80 plays to commit a turnover.)
Now you can argue how much of this affects the win/loss record. Doc Saturday has noted on many an occasion that penalties, for example, have little correlation to team wins.
But, still, when you’re screwing things up on that frequent a basis, it’s hard to establish a coherent consistency in your play. If anything, after seeing this, I’m even more astounded at the level of offensive production Georgia has been at the last two weeks.
So maybe Mark Richt has a point when he lays this folksy comparison on us.
“I always make the analogy of the team being a train,” Richt said. “You want to get that train on the track and you want to get it rolling down the track and gain momentum and energy as you go. … We are getting it rolling pretty good, but I think we’ll roll a whole lot faster if we don’t have the two anchors out the back of the caboose that are stuck in the ground dragging behind us, and that is our turnover ratio is very poor and penalties have cropped up on us. If we can just cut those anchors lose, I think we will fly even better and if we just improve in those two areas, I think everything will improve.”