As a follow-up to yesterday’s post about the bye week before the South Carolina game, you wanna know something else that’s important about Georgia’s two 2014 bye weeks? As a general rule, Mark Richt teams are quite good coming out of bye weeks.
Mark Richt is 24-9 (73%) off bye weeks in 13 years at Georgia, a number that may not seem impressive until you remember that he’s played SEC teams after the majority of his open dates.
Richt’s most recent post-bye defeat came last season when the Bulldogs lost 24-19 to Nebraska in the Gator Bowl after a month off between the postseason and their thrilling 41-34 over Georgia Tech in the regular season finale.
In 2014, Georgia, like Florida State, will need to take advantage of their favorable bye-week placements before divisional games with South Carolina (Saturday, Sept. 13) and Florida(Saturday, Nov. 1).
To be sure, it’s no guarantee of success. But it suggests Georgia tends to do well with an extra degree of preparation.