If you’re somebody who, for whatever reason, thinks SEC refs have it in for Georgia, then this John Pennington post should be right up your alley.
Filed under Georgia Football, SEC Football
The biggest thing I take away from the data as presented is that Penn Wagers sucks.
There is no darker omen than starting the season off w/ a Wagers crew.
Bama’s at the bottom of the most penalized list which isn’t surprising. Who would’ve thought that MSU, Kentucky, and Ole Miss would be so disciplined relative to the rest of the SEC?
On another note, 5 teams are ahead of Georgia, including Florida which is a whopping 27.5% more than us and ~63% more than Bama. Geeze
“Florida which is a whopping 27.5% more than us and ~63% more than Bama”
They’re nowhere close to paying back Boom
Mayor of Dawgtown coming in for hard-landing in 3,2,1…
Sorry I’m late. The thing about penalties is that they are situational. As Mac correctly points out below, a bogus block in the back on a punt run back for a TD can in reality be a 90 yard penalty but it will appear on the game summary as a 10 yarder. A ref can fix a close game by flagging the team he wants to lose at the crucial time or, as has become the practice of late, the well placed no-call. Statistics will never show it because the crooked refs hide what they did with meaningless make-up calls so the penalties appear to even out. It has been my premise for several years that the SEC refs are fixing SEC games to insure that at least one SEC team makes it to the BCSNCG because of all the money that is being paid TO THE CONFERENCE anytime an SEC team plays in that game. Hell, they were so good at it that BOTH teams in the BCSNCG were from the SEC in 2011. This is the real reason for the 4 team playoff. The other conferences know what is going on and installed the “committee” system to end what the SEC is doing. They will now never let the SEC have 2 teams in the 4 team playoff–just wait and see–and it will be damned hard for the SEC Champion to get in if 3 teams from other conferences (or ND) are undefeated.
Home is bad enough. I don’t even want to know the numbers in Jacksonville.
I don’t think a ref would ever intentionally miss a call…. especially if a game was on the line.
The number of accepted penalties is one thing. The actual yardage is another. Comparing a personal foul called on one team to a false start on another is not really apples to apples… and that’s before taking into account that some penalties are dead ball penalties and some are tacked on as part of the continuation of a play and some penalties are declined. (But, that’s armchair statistical analysis. I’m sure I could do my own if I wanted, but I’m too lazy for that.)
I do find it amusing that Georgia is flagged for an additional 1.33 penalties per home game (which could total 20 yards) compared to their opponents. Do I think the SEC is out to get Georgia? No. I think the SEC has a level of officiating that is below the standard that the league should have given its place in the sport as a whole. I think there are some good ones, but on average, I would say they need improvement.
But, after the Pac-12 head of officials singled out a coach for “extra attention,” does the notion of officials paying “extra attention” to one team over another – and thus being more likely to penalize said team – seem too outlandish?
Per Marty @ cfbstats.com, Georgia’s ranking in penalty yardage in conference games:
— 2012, 13th
— 2011, 6th
— 2010, 3rd
— 2009, 12th
— 2008, 12th
And opponents’ penalty yardage in conference games:
— 2012, 9th
— 2011, 6th
— 2010, 8th
— 2009, 2nd
— 2008, 6th
Those stats ratify something I felt at the time–that UGA was getting hosed by the refs (held to a more difficult standard than other teams) in 2010. I actually thought they were trying to get CMR fired that year as payback for the 2007 WLOCP end-zone stomping incident which had not blown over at that time, but appears to have now.
Most overlooked, not reported statistically, is the actual yardage lost for penalties. Sure, the offsides is usually a solid five yards but a block in the back on a punt return/kickoff can by 90+ yards. Several other instances, including some that take points off the board, or take you out of FG range, are more significant than the pure yardage. Some penalties just hurt more than others, and often the penalty did nothing to impact the play because it occurs away from the action, or after the runner has already passed the point where a foul occurs.
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I’m sort of flabbergasted that we only had 31 home games over that time period, the lowest of any team. We lose one game every other year (so 2.5 home games) to the Cocktail Party. We lose one game every other year (another 2.5 home games) to Georgia Tech. We lost another to the Boise CFA Kick Off game. We lost another at Colorado. We lost another at Oklahoma State. We lost one final one at Arizona State. So over that five year period, we lost essentially nine home games, if we presume the OOC would be replaced with cupcakes.
I noticed the same thing and frankly I’m amazed that with Les & Stevo so concerned about fairness within the league they haven’t pointed out this injustice. Why should we have 4 less home games than them and 6 less that others?
We cannot be surprised when we do things that put us at a competitive disadvantage.
I get the feeling that data shows small differences, not too dramatic. Nonetheless having Bama at the top pisses me off.
I think it was 2010 when I was watching Bama’s like 9th game of the year and the announcers commented that a call for holding was their first of the year. Now that line was really good but not a single holding call in the first 8 games of the season? Wow.
*whole team dances in endzone*
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