Trust me, you’ll want to read Ian Boyd’s take on how Georgia’s defense is succeeding, viewed through the prism of the Notre Dame and Mississippi State games.
2017 has already seen Georgia put away a pair of strong spread offenses led by dual-threat QBs, with a 20-19 victory in South Bend over Notre Dame and a 31-3 home victory over Mississippi State. Among teams that’ve played multiple ranked opponents, Georgia and Clemson rank far above the rest in yards allowed per play; UGA’s allowed 3.71 to ranked teams.
The Dawg defense held Notre Dame’s Brandon Wimbush to a total of 212 yards despite the Irish QB throwing or running 55 times, an average of 3.9 yards per play with a pair of lost fumbles. They held Nick Fitzgerald to 130 total yards on 39 combined passes or runs, for a total of 3.3 yards per play with a pair of interceptions to boot. They also held the Irish to almost seven yards below their average per carry otherwise (1.49 to 8.28) and MSU to more than a yard per carry less than LSU allowed (4.78 to 5.94).
He makes a very good point — one that I had not considered — that even though both teams’ offenses feature running quarterbacks, the schemes involved are different.
Dan Mullen’s offense is rather different from the Irish attack. While MSU often plays with a tight end, it prefers to operate on the perimeter with spread-option concepts.
Even so, Georgia managed to shut both down in different ways. Read Boyd’s post in full to see how that was accomplished.
Have I mentioned that I’m really beginning to enjoy this season?