Baby, you’re driving me mad.

Year2 charts last year’s SEC defenses and offenses and tells you something you already knew and didn’t want to hear again.

… Interestingly, only two teams came out above average in both offense and defense: Alabama (finished fourth in the SEC West) and Georgia (finished 6-7 overall, 3-5 in conference play).

And how’s this for understatement?  “You can’t find many justifications in their numbers as to why the Bulldogs finished the year under .500.”

I’m beginning to think Georgia’s 2010 statistical story should go on a list like this.

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10 responses to “Baby, you’re driving me mad.

  1. Mayor of Dawgtown

    The 2010 Dawgs blew out and, for the most part, held virtually scoreless the teams they beat. The Dawgs lost the games they did lose in close contests. That is why the 2010 stats are warped so as to make it appear that the Dawgs had a good season. Now that I have solved the conundrum, where’s my $1,000,000?

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  2. Will Trane

    Great Senator and Mayor. That is a laugh. And most Dawgs could use a good one now because we sure as heck have not had a whole lot to cheer about for awhile. Hopefully, the sunshine will be on us this season.

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  3. diving duck

    Regression to the mean 2011?

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  4. James Stephenson

    It wasn’t just losing close games, look at fumbles lost in important situations. Heck, even against UF, if they fall on that fumble, instead of trying to pick it up, I think UGA wins that in regulation. The fumble at Miss State, which should have been UGA ball, because the helmet flew off. The fumble against SC, and that just bad handling of the ball in Colorado. Win two or three of those four, get a better bowl game that the players care about and you might be looking at a 10 win season. So close, in the first year of the Defense with a first year RS starter. So close, yet so far away, sigh.

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    • WH

      This ain’t soccer: the ball ain’t round, so it bounces funny sometimes. Fluky stuff like that definitely happened.

      BUT, as I’ve said before, the problem was that, despite putting up points, we couldn’t stop the half-decent teams from scoring (with a couple important exceptions). The defense was just good enough not to get run off the field, and just bad enough they couldn’t get the offense off the field when it mattered. Take the middle of our D line this year–nothing else, just a solid interior–and transport it to last year, and we could be talking about a 2-3 win difference because we could have stopped 2-3 drive-extending RUNS UP THE GUT on 3RD-&-LONG that eventually resulted in points…points that in those 2-3 cases made the difference in the game.

      Bottom line: The defense must get off the field on 3rd down. Especially 3rd & 8+. Thankfully, I think we’re finally in a position to do that again.

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  5. AthensHomerDawg

    Baby you can drive my car. Yes I’m gonna be a star. Baby you can drive my car. And maybe I love you. Beep beep’m beep beep yeah.

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  6. Toom

    Most of the games we won were statistically impressive, even the defense at times. And most of the games we lost were very close. I think it’s that simple.

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