It’s been easy for some to dismiss the results in the Vanderbilt game because, after all, it was just Vanderbilt and that’s what Vanderbilt does.
Except, as John Pennington notes, that really hasn’t been the case lately. That was Vanderbilt’s first shutout loss in seven seasons. Georgia’s average margin of victory from 2005-9 was just over 10 points per game.
Even more impressive is Phil Steele’s game grade, which is how he assesses the level of dominance in a team’s win, taking into account point differential, yardage differential and opponent. Georgia finished third last week. For more context, check out Georgia’s grades in its 2010 and 2009 games here.
In short, it was by far the best performance this team has achieved over the last season and a half. And it was also the worst beating Vanderbilt’s taken over that same period. So no, it wasn’t a case of “just Vanderbilt”.