Seth Emerson thoughtfully saved me the trouble of pouring through cfbstats.com. As you might expect, statistically, Georgia is something of a mixed bag. But there are some numbers that should be grounds for some degree of optimism.
- “On the strength of Gurley’s running, Georgia ranks sixth in the nation in scoring offense, at 45 points per game.” That’s good for second in the conference and less than three points behind Texas A&M.
- “While Hutson Mason’s passing yardage is anemic (he has yet to hit the 200-yard mark), he is 45th nationally, and sixth in the SEC, in pass efficiency rating.” Some of that is a function of Mason not throwing too many interceptions.
- “Georgia has committed the least turnovers in the SEC, with four. Well, that’s tied for the least in the SEC, with Missouri. Something to keep in mind for this weekend.” See above, plus the running backs have been pretty sure handed.
- “Here’s a surprisingly strong stat for Georgia’s defense: It ranks 12th in the nation (tied with Clemson) in third-down defense, stopping opponents 29.3 percent of the time.” That’s a big change from last season.
And, in the first note about this week’s game, here are the key stats for Missouri:
Missouri’s vital numbers: 76th in total offense, at 400 yards per game; 76th in passing offense (222 ypg); 57th in rushing offense (179 ypg); 57th in run defense (144.6 ypg); 66th in pass defense (236.4 ypg).