Dawgs on top of TOP

This is manball.

Georgia leads all Southeastern Conference football teams this season in time of possession, owning the ball for an average of 33 minutes and 54 seconds per game. In Saturday’s 24-17 downing of Florida in Jacksonville, the Bulldogs gobbled up 35 minutes and 48 seconds.

“It helps us a lot,” Bulldogs senior tight end Charlie Woerner said Monday. “It gives our defense time to rest on the sideline, and it has kept the ball away from Florida and our other opponents. It’s a big thing for us, because it wears the other defenses down. By the end of the game, they’re tired.

“When you look at it from the outside, it’s kind of obvious — you want to hold the ball more than they do.”

This is manball.

Georgia has won the time of possession in all eight games this season, with the No. 6 Bulldogs (7-1, 4-1) looking to extend that trend this Saturday night against visiting Missouri (5-3, 2-2). The Bulldogs held the ball for 36:28 during their 43-14 win over Tennessee and for 36:04 in the 20-17 double-overtime loss to South Carolina.

“One of our objectives on offense is to win the time of possession,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said. “It’s one of the 15 or 20 things that we list. Winning that battle was important Saturday, and it’s important in every game to win the time of possession, but it can be misleading for explosive teams.”

This is very much manball.

“Teams are doing things to us that aren’t normal,” Smart said. “They’ve got five defensive linemen in, when most people have four, but they’re taking risks when they do that, too. We’ve got to find more ways to expose that. They know that we’re hell-bent on running it, and they’re hell-bent on stopping it.

“If you don’t run the ball in this league, pass-rushers will chew you up. You have to keep them honest and wear them down. I know people think it’s boring because it’s not explosive, but in this league you’ve got to be able to have the threat of that to sustain.”

It’s not boring when it works, Kirby.


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11 responses to “Dawgs on top of TOP

  1. J-Dawg

    55% run, 45% pass will make me a happy camper against Misery this week. This is the one game that could end up being a shootout since our secondary is good but does have some holes in it. This would be a great time for Zeus to have his coming out party.

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  2. Bill Glennon

    As misguided as this gameplan may be against an inferior opponent like South Carolina, it may be UGA’s best shot against Alabama, LSU or any other playoff team. We can’t shapeshift into a offensive juggernaut in 4 weeks, but we can perhaps better perfect manball.

    They will need to top even the efficiency they showed against Florida to have a chance.


  3. We won the TOP against Bama in 2017 and 2018 too so at least we’ve got that going for us which is nice.


  4. kfoge

    I am confused though, Kirby seems to be speaking out of both sides of his mouth. On one side he wants to be more explosive and have more explosive plays but then he wants to win the TOP on offense….would that mean if a guy gets a 20 yd play he should drop to the ground and keep the drive going? Then you accomplish both 🙂


  5. Scorpio Jones, III

    “You have to run the football in the SEC.” (or something to that effect….to Mark Richt from Tommy Tuberville, former football coach, now politician.


  6. Charlottedawg

    As happy as I am about the Florida outcome our problems on offense are far from fixed. going back to Notre Dame our offense has scored 23, 36, 20, 21 and 24 points (24.8 average) against the 28th, 46th, 49th, 32nd and 11th ranked scoring defenses in the nation. It took a career day from a grad transfer and Jake Fromm to score 24 points. We dominated yardage from start to finish and still could have been sunk by a turnover or big special teams play. We made progress Saturday but there are still a lot of things to fix. I don’t know why but we’re just not where we were offensively this time last year.


  7. Cojones

    “Amen” to your last sentence, Senator.


  8. Classic City Canine

    TOP is easily one of the most overrated statistics. If it was worth it’s weight, GT would have won a lot more under PJ. I’m disappointed to hear Kirby singing the praises of TOP. It also doesn’t match with his desire for more explosive plays. It’s like Kirby wants to have his cake and eat it too. He’s got to figure out a better way to harmonize offensive strategies because what we’re doing now is not good enough to go where we want to go.

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  9. addr

    manball (n.) – “It’s not boring when it works.”

    Definitely gonna need a lexicon entry now.