Interesting assertion from the AJ-C’s Brandon Adams yesterday:
Georgia football podcast: One stat could determine SEC East winner
Beginning of the show: In three of the last four seasons the winner of the SEC East has collected more than 40 sacks as a team.
Now that’s true, as far as it goes. Missouri cracked the 40-sack mark in 2013 and 2014, while Florida did the same in 2015. However, the Gators, while leading the East in sacks last season, only managed 31 on the way to winning the division. So, maybe the key is simply topping the division rather than a specific number.
Except when you go back to 2012, you find Georgia’s 32 sacks were only second-best in the East, behind South Carolina’s 43 (I think some dude named Clowney was a Gamecock back then).
There really isn’t much of a rhyme or reason to this, then. Which shouldn’t come as a surprise when you think about how chaotic the division has been, in the sense that the favorite never seems to win it these days. In fact, scrounging around the cfbstats.com site, I couldn’t find a single statistical category over the past four seasons that the East winner topped in all years.
None of which is to say I wouldn’t love for the Dawgs to manage forty-plus sacks. I would venture to say were that to happen, it would be an indication that the defense enjoyed a dominant 2017. But as far as that guaranteeing a trip to Atlanta in December, who knows?