Seth Emerson asks the $64,000 question:
The Bulldogs had a plus-16 turnover margin last year, the program’s best since 1982. It was the best margin in the SEC, the fourth-best in the nation.
Can it be maintained, or even improved upon, in 2015?
All those great stats from last season regarding offensive efficiency stemmed from what a +16 will do for a team, particularly more offensive chances and better field position.
The Dawgs only lost once last season when they were positive on turnovers (South Carolina – don’t get me started). And they lost the only game in which they finished in the red in that department (Georgia Tech).
There is a random element to turnovers, largely with regard to fumble recoveries, but there is some aspect that can be controlled to an extent. Here’s what Georgia’s turnover margin has looked like over the past seven seasons:
- 2014: plus-16
- 2013: minus-7
- 2012: plus-11
- 2011: plus-7
- 2010: plus-10
- 2009: minus-16
- 2008: minus-3
No, it’s not an answer to everything. Last year’s margin didn’t get Georgia to the SECCG. (Maybe we need to track a brain fart margin.) But I would argue it’s a big deal for a team that’s set up like Georgia is this season.