Patrick Garbin notes that this year’s Georgia team pretty much stinks on ice when it comes to defensive yards per point.
Although defensive YPP primarily and obviously concerns defensive play, as I’ve mentioned before, the ratio is a reflection of the entire team: the offense giving opponents good field position, unfavorable turnover and penalty margins, poor special teams play, bad coaching calls, etc. Simply put, it’s a measurement of how hard a team makes its opposition “work” to score points. The lower the defensive YPP, the worse. The worse of the worse in the country entering this week:
114. California- 11.86
115. Georgia- 11.851
116. New Mexico St.- 11.846
117. UNLV- 11.80
118. Western Michigan- 11.69
119. Eastern Michigan- 11.58
120. Purdue- 11.03
121. Florida Int’l- 10.54
122. SMU- 10.32
123. Southern Miss- 10.21
That shouldn’t be a surprise. And it’s truly been a team effort, as these stats show.
- Georgia is 85th in opponent plays of 20 or more yards.
- Georgia is 90th in opponent kickoff returns of 30 or more yards.
- Georgia is 106th in turnover margin.
- Georgia is 98th in blocked kicks allowed.
- Georgia is 120th in blocked punts allowed.
- Georgia is 104th in kickoff return defense.
Add it all up and you’ve got a team that’s giving its opponents better field position, more opportunities to score on special teams and defense and too many big plays.
It’s almost remarkable with the schedule and the injuries that Georgia sits 4-2 right now. Seriously.
Of all 123 FBS schools, the Bulldogs are eighth from the bottom in defensive YPP, or one of the most generous in the nation this season in just giving away points to their opponents. Besides being charitable, what else do the 10 teams above have in common? For the most part, they’re big losers. Excluding Georgia, the nine others have combined to win just 9 of 53 games.
Notably, the FBS teams currently with the highest defensive YPP: in order, Louisville, Alabama, Oregon, Florida State, and Clemson — all with defensive YPPs of greater than 21.3. What they have in common is that they’re big winners. In fact, they’re such winners, they haven’t lost a single game combined, recording a perfect 29-0 record…
What that tells you is how potent the offense has been through the first six games. And that it’s a little scary to consider where things go if the offense can’t keep carrying the load because of the injuries and things don’t get straightened out elsewhere.