Before you jump my arse or give me the “one word: Alabama” treatment, keep in mind that I’m asking you to consider this as a matter of degree, not dismissing the concept in its entirety.
With that in mind, take a look at Bill Connelly’s thoughts on tweaking the relative weights of offensive and defensive stats. Also note a point that Bernie’s made this morning, that Georgia’s beaten the SEC’s second, third and fourth ranked teams in total defense.
I don’t think anybody would argue that it hasn’t been a strange season. Maybe that makes this the best time to question conventional wisdom. Or maybe it’s the college football equivalent of counting the number of angels dancing on the head of a pin. Hell, I don’t know. Did I mention it’s been a weird year?