As someone who was critical of the implementation of the no-huddle offense in the Boise State game, it seems only fair for me to admit that after nine games, Richt and Bobo are on to something.
If you’ll recall, both of them defended its use after the season opener, citing a need for Georgia to run more plays on offense.
“Well we wanted to get more plays, which we didn’t do on Saturday,” offensive coordinator Mike Bobo said. “But we’re committed to doing it, and more plays equals more opportunities, and more chances to score.”
Guess what – it’s doing just that. Take this comparison of plays per game with Auburn, a fair one I think, given Malzahn’s reputation for running up the play count on offense (all stats via cfbstats.com):
2011 PPG 2010 PPG Georgia 72.67 62.62 Auburn 65.44 67.71
Georgia in 2011 is running ten plays more per game than a year ago. And Bobo is calling seven plays a game more than Malzahn is this season. Georgia, in fact, leads the SEC in offensive plays run.
Before you say so what, consider that Georgia is outscoring Auburn by more than a touchdown a game in 2011. Last year, that stat was in favor of Auburn by more than 9 points per game. Some of that is personnel driven, no doubt, particularly with regard to the absence of Cam Newton, but let’s not forget that Georgia’s success is coming in the absence of A.J. Green.
It’s fair to say that Georgia’s offense is far from a finished product this season. It’s more accurate to call it a work in progress. But you’d also have to say it’s heading in the direction that Bobo and Richt planned for it before the season started.