Mickey’s stat geeks have the Dawgs third in the country in FPI, while projecting something like a 10-2 regular season. How come?
Welp, it’s the schedule, stupid. Fifth-ranked strength of schedule, based on playing seven of the top twenty teams. (By the way, how about the ‘Cocks going 6-6 with the 18th ranked team in FPI?)
To give you an idea of how tough ESPN projects the SEC East to be, Georgia only has a 2.5% chance of running the table in the regular season, and the next best chance of doing so goes to Missouri… at 0.4%.
Here’s how FPI projects Georgia’s regular season schedule:
You read that right — Georgia projects to have an easier time with Notre Dame than with Tennessee. FPI favors the Dawgs in each game, but cumulative effect is a beyotch, I suppose.