Here’s your handy chart summarizing Bill’s and Brian’s rankings for the Dawgs and Jackets:
Georgia and Georgia Tech Rankings
Measurement Georgia Georgia Tech F+ Overall 6 (30.3%) 12 (24.6%) F+ Offense 7 (16.5%) 1 (21.7%) F+ Defense 23 (9.4%) 61 (0.3%) F+ Special Teams 6 (4.4%) 17 (2.6%) FEI Overall 3 6 S&P+ Overall 14 27 S&P+ Rushing Offense 1 7 S&P+ Rushing Defense 74 108 S&P+ Passing Offense 12 4 S&P+ Passing Defense 18 84
TSK says that indicates two fairly evenly matched teams, and I suppose there is something to that, with a couple of exceptions. One is that while Tech’s rankings are good, Georgia’s, for the most part, are better. And then there’s this…
Something interesting is how much better Georgia’s secondary has gotten in the last few weeks. A unit previously rated in the 70’s has risen up to 18th, after limiting Nick Marshall and Patrick Towles to 150 and 140 yards throwing respectively (Auburn’s ranked first and Kentucky 54th in S&P Passing Offense). That improvement will serve them well against Georgia Tech’s fourth rated S&P+ Passing Offense.
Tech’s passing defense, by comparison, is pretty bad. Could Hutson Mason turn out to be a key to a game? One good thing you can say about him is that he’s got experience as a starter beating Georgia Tech.
Still, what gives me the most hope for SIAR, B! is what Georgia’s defense did against Auburn. If Pruitt is able to match that game plan and effort on Saturday, I’m liking my chances to walk out of Sanford Stadium a most happy camper.