When scoring is overrated

Here’s a fun exercise from the folks at Rock M Nation, looking at key stats needed to win the SEC East over the past few seasons (I used to go through a similar practice here measuring the metrics common to Georgia’s SEC runs until the advent of the HUNH made some of that obsolete.  But I digress.)

You’ll have a good time wading through the numbers, but what I wanted to mention is something I noticed in the spreadsheet that concludes the piece.  It’s a reminder that, somehow, Florida managed to win the SEC East in back-to-back seasons in which it finished 100th and 107th nationally in scoring offense.  I don’t know how it’s possible to pull that off.

When people tell you the SEC East has been in a slump, that’s the kind of stuff they’re talking about.


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11 responses to “When scoring is overrated

  1. Derek

    Some day the obvious truth that defense is vastly more important than offense in winning football enough football games to be eligible to win a championship will get through the thick skulls of the average football fan.

    Offense often wins individual games throughout a season but defense wins championships over the course of a season.

    “If we score we may win. If they never score, we’ll never lose.”

    Erskine Russell

    If my defense can make your offense as shitty as my own, or worse, I’ve got a chance to win right?


  2. JCDAWG83

    Florida’s last East championship came compliments of Pastor Poochkick throwing the game in Jax so he would be fired. Getting that kind of help makes winning the division easier than having a good defense.


  3. W Cobb Dawg

    I could’ve happily gone all day without being reminded of our missed opportunities.


  4. Cojones

    If you like the scoring side, glance at cfbstats.com, SEC individual scoring leaders Top 50, compiled 01/08/18. Now look at the Fr RBs to get an idea of next season, then check the yds/play. Swift, behind this new and better O line, will have a lot to say about the D power in the SEC being the dominant factor next season.


    • JCDAWG83

      I hope the coaches give him time for that groin to completely heal. His injury was pretty severe from what I’ve read. Groin injuries can completely derail a career if not treated properly..


  5. Biggus Rickus

    My takeway from all of it is that Georgia had the only two elite teams in the East since Meyer had his breakdown. If Georgia does indeed maintain an elite level of play going forward, as it seems they will, the rest of the East has no chance. At least not for a few years. Maybe someone will elevate their program to match Georgia, but it won’t be anytime soon.


    • 92 grad

      There’s a lot of history from the east that doesn’t get mentioned because it was 20 years ago. Fulmer/cutcliffe, UF Spurrier, Meyer/Strong all had elite teams, then cmr in his first 3 years with that ridiculous road record. We are riding high right now but none of those east teams survived more than 3 or 4 years of dominance. The east made the modern SEC what it is, the West rose with LSU Saban and scam newton.


      • Biggus Rickus

        Florida dominated the East for a decade. Tennessee caught up to them, but the two just traded division titles for a few years.


  6. JT

    Run the ball and play above average defense = Championship