Over at the Athletic, Max Olson ($$) tells us about defensive Stop Rate.
Stop rate is a simple measure of defensive success: the percentage of your defense’s drives that end in punts, turnovers or turnover on downs.
Your current number two team in Stop Rate? That would be the Georgia Bulldogs, at 81.7%. (And, no, Alabama isn’t first. It’s seventh.)
Things could always stand a little improvement, but it’s worth keeping in mind that though Georgia’s sack numbers are minuscule, this defense is getting it done, even in a year that many labeled transitional. Smart and Tucker appear to have a clue.