Bill Connelly tells us something that sounds pretty obvious, but it’s also something that perhaps Georgia’s been reluctant to embrace over the years.
That winning teams average more points per trip inside the [random yard line] should in no way be surprising. But the biggest gaps between winning and losing came when you cross inside the 40 and when you cross inside the 5. If you take fuller advantage of decent scoring opportunities, and if you score touchdowns instead of settling for field goals (or turning the ball over) inside the 5, you win.
The good news is that wasn’t an issue last season, as the Dawgs ranked fourth nationally in points per trip inside the opponent’s forty-yard line. How much of that was due to a change in philosophy and how much of that should be chalked up to Marshall Morgan’s leg I can’t say. But it’s certainly a result that bears repeating.
Bill also shows that Georgia was very good at keeping teams that got inside its forty off the scoreboard, ranking tenth. That’s good, because Grantham will certainly have his hands full in the opener: Clemson was third last season in points scored after crossing the 40. What’s also good, though, is that the Tigers were a little more pedestrian on defense when teams moved the ball inside their 40, as they ranked 47th. If Georgia’s offense can hang on to the ball, you’ve got to like its chances of punching some numbers on the scoreboard.