… to look at what the advanced stats gurus had to show for the Georgia-Auburn debacle. Kinda wished I hadn’t, though.
As a reminder, Georgia’s showed out well in Bill Connelly’s S&P+ evaluations, with six of their first nine games registering 90% or better in percentile performance.
Auburn graded out at 15%. Yecch.
For perspective, that’s lower than any Georgia game grade from last year, except Ole Miss. Yep, even Nicholls wound up better. In case you’re looking for more perspective, Ohio State’s drubbing at the hands of Iowa scored a 19% mark. Notre Dame’s beat down at the hands of Miami merited a 12%, so there’s that, at least.
Pretty epic, in other words.
Brian Fremeau notes that the blame can be evenly spread.
Georgia’s 40-17 defeat on the road against Auburn was the Bulldogs’ first game this season in which its defense had negative splits (-6.9 points in expected scoring), having led the nation in defensive efficiency coming into the game. For good measure, Georgia’s offense had its worst performance as well (-10.8 points) and the Bulldogs’ special teams missed a field goal and fumbled a punt, coughing up a negative game splits total (-7.1 points) in the third phase of the game.
Hey, at least they lost as a team.
With that, I think I’m done dumpster diving into that game’s results.