Not much has changed.
- Georgia is third in Bill Connelly’s S&P+ rankings and fourth in his Resumé S&P+ rankings. (Given that the schedule toughens noticeably from here on out, assuming the Dawgs can keep pace, expect the latter to rise.)
- The Dawgs are also third in ESPN’s FPI rankings. (Again, notice how that remaining SOS number jumps out from the surroundings.) The closest remaining game projected on the schedule is this week’s.
- Georgia still remains on top of Brian Fremeau’s FEI ratings, a reflection of the team’s efficiencies on offense and defense.
- Bill Connelly’s advanced stats profile of Georgia indicates the same thing. Note that Georgia is ranked highly in a number of offensive efficiency metrics and the defense is doing similar work with regard to limiting explosive plays.
- One other similarity worth mentioning is that Georgia is doing all this despite mediocre net field position; Fremeau’s ranking of that is 71st, while Bill’s is 89th.
All in all, an impressive picture to this point.
There is one fly in the ointment, though.
The Tide, especially on offense, is on another planet.
One thing to point to again, notice the drop between the teams at the top of average field position in that chart and the Dawgs. It’s significant. I expect some of it — maybe a lot of it — is due to poor blocking on punt returns. It’s almost criminal how they’re wasting opportunities for Hardman to do some serious damage there.