What, you ask, are game splits? Well…
Game Splits are the components of scoring margin in victory or defeat. The non-garbage game results — possessions (Po), points scored (PF), points allowed (PA) — are used to produce unadjusted game efficiency data. The value contributed by the offense (Off), defense (Def), and special teams (ST) units, plus the value of an extra possession (Ex) if applicable, add up to the non-garbage scoring margin of the game.
The scoring values of starting field position for the given team’s offense (OFP) and its opponent’s offense (DFP) are provided. Net field value (NFV) is the difference in starting field position value plus, if applicable, the value of defensive and special teams touchdowns. Turnover values gained (TO+) and lost (TO-) represent scoring value generated by the given team on interceptions and fumbles. Net turnover value (NTO) is the difference in scoring value gained and lost on turnovers.
Scroll down to Georgia’s, because there’s a lot of illuminating information there. Here are a few points of interest:
- To what should be no one’s surprise, the defense carried the team through the first part of the season, culminating in the Tennessee shut out. But over the last two games, the script has been flipped, as the offense has been doing the heavy lifting and the defense has been just a little better than average. Not so coincidentally, those games have been against teams that throw the ball better than they run it.
- Special teams have been a contributor in almost every game. What a change from last season.
- If you want a reason for ongoing optimism, Georgia is 7-0 and has dominated most of its opponents despite being subpar in net field position and, outside of the Tennessee game, meh in net turnover value. Imagine what might happen if those swung positively Georgia’s way.
- Speaking of the Tennessee game, those numbers are crazy good.