I joked the other day in my Observations post about how it would be nice if Georgia didn’t save its adjustments for halftime, but instead GATA’ed from the start. It ain’t just my perception, either, judging from this Josh Hancher graphic.
A quick dive into cfbstats.com’s situational stats makes it pretty clear the early issues largely reside with the pass defense. In the first quarter, opponents have rushed for a measly 37 yards on 27 attempts (a 1.37 ypc average), with zero touchdowns and only three first downs. Meanwhile, opposing passing attacks have managed their highest passer rating in the first quarter (147.46) while generating two touchdowns and 13 first downs.
The question I’ve got is pretty simple — is that a reflection of what opposing offensive coordinators are dialing up to surprise Lanning and Smart, or is it simply taking that long for Georgia’s defensive players to get their heads in the game?