At his site, College Football by the Numbers, Scott Albrecht’s done some stat crunching I found of interest.
You’ll find a table here that breaks down a bunch of offensive information per possession. Here’s the story on Georgia:
- 16th nationally in points per possession
- 17th nationally in plays per possession
- 13th nationally in yards per possession
- 86th nationally in starting field position
- 25th nationally in touchdowns per possession
- 8th nationally in field goals per possession
- 78th nationally in possessions per game
- 61st nationally in points per red zone trip
Basically, outside the red zone, this was an offense that was quite effective when the rest of the team managed to stay out of its way. The problem was, as indicated by the starting field position and possessions per game stats, that didn’t happen as much as it needed to.
The most impressive part of that, of course, is how much Georgia was able to do on offense despite all the injuries. With the walking wounded hopefully returning to full strength, it lends support to the argument that the most important part of Hutson Mason’s role this season is to be a good game manager. Now if something can be done about that whole rest of the team staying out of the offense’s way thing…