Without any further ado, let’s jump straight to the numbers (via cfbstats.com).
- Hold opponents under 18 points per game. As a team, Georgia is yielding 18.4 ppg.
- Finish at least +8 in turnover margin. Georgia’s turnover margin is +7.
- Average better than 380 yards per game on offense. Georgia’s offense is averaging 471.4 ypg.
- Finish in the top five in total defensive yardage. Georgia’s defense ranks sixth in total defense.
- Finish in the top three in first downs. Georgia is fourth in first downs.
- Finish no worse than third in passing yardage. Georgia is fourth in passing yardage.
- Finish no worse than third in sacks. Georgia is ninth in sacks.
As expected, playing a triple-option offense didn’t do the Dawgs any statistical favors on the defensive side of the ball.
I think at this point, there’s a conclusion to be drawn about this 2012 squad compared to its predecessors who played in Atlanta and that is that the offense is playing a bigger role in Georgia’s success this season than in previous years when it played for a conference title. It’s not hugely so – the defensive scoring and yardage numbers are steadily moving into traditional territory – but it’s there.