I’m becoming convinced that the only losing season of Mark Richt’s career is something from which you can’t use statistics to glean any insight.
In fact, I think it’s getting to the point where you can use it as a rebuttal to almost any statistical argument (“Oh, yeah? What about 2010 Georgia?”)
Take Matt Melton’s well-researched look at Phil Steele’s “turnovers + turnover” point (more accurately turnover margin). Melton breaks down the turnover margin of every D-1 conference team in conference play over a four-season period and looks at how a team coming off a significant turnover margin performance does in the following season.
He finds thirty-five teams which compiled turnover margins in conference play of minus-10 or greater. Only five of those teams saw their conference records decline in the following seasons, one of those being Georgia in 2010, of course.
Here’s the chart he made of those teams in BCS conferences:
I guess we can thank Ole Miss, at least.
What a weird year it was. Don’t do that again, fellas.