More fun with statistics from Georgia’s inexplicable (metrically speaking) 2010 season –
Start with this chart from kleph’s latest analysis.
Despite not having a single running back with what I’d call Moreno-esque ability to escape negative-yardage rushing plays, Georgia managed to lead the conference in avoiding tackles for loss. Some credit should go to Aaron Murray for that, but perhaps some should go to the oft-maligned offensive line. Although I don’t want to go too far in the credit department, because the Dawgs were strictly middle of the pack in sacks allowed.
If you find that muddled message slightly amusing, you’ll split your sides over something Bill Connelly posted today. Bill explores the whole “plays good against bad teams, not so good against good teams” theme that many of us have pointed to in a generic sense to explain why Georgia’s stats for the season shed so little light on how those Dawgs wound up 6-7.
For those of you who buy into that explanation, you won’t be surprised to find out that Bill’s results support that; indeed, Georgia ranked third on his overall list correlating team play with opponent strength. But here’s the funny part – on offense, Georgia actually held its own against its better opponents, relatively speaking. It’s just that the defensive correlation was so strongly off the charts it skewed the overall results. As for what that bodes this season, your guess is a good as mine (or Bill’s).