Today, in one of these is not like the others

SportsSource Analytics posted strength profiles for the current top four team in the CFP rankings.  Here’s what they look like:





Of those four, it’s pretty obvious there which team’s greatest strengths don’t lie on offense.



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27 responses to “Today, in one of these is not like the others

  1. I really like these info graphics, however would help to have a little help with what I am seeing. So the closer the line is to the edge of the circle the better I assume. In which case our D is not so great in tackles for loss and as a team our turnover margin is not that great. In this case I’m surprised our 1st and 10 offense is that good. Am I reading this right?


    • Yes, that exactly what the graphic is showing. The closer to the outside edge, the better the statistic.


    • Uglydawg

      That’s the way I read it, Twist.
      Looks like CKS has the same conservative, low risk approach on both sides of the ball. That “tackles for loss” metric is telling. But it’s one that can be quickly improved with some scheming..esp. if you have the players.
      Georgia could stunt more and improve it, but for everything you gain from a scheme, you lose something.
      The way this defense is performing, it probably shouldn’t be messed with.
      It’s hard to argue with that kind of success.
      Although Kirby would probably spend about two seconds considering these profile charts, it seems to me that they could be extremely useful.
      As a team improves, the circle is more filled. When you have inverted spikes that are deepening, you will eventually trigger a black hole. I bet if we could see GT’s or Arkansas’ (just for example) circle chart for the last several years, we’d see a black hole developing and collapsing the balloon.
      Some programs are like pulsars…periodically filling and them collapsing. (see VT, FSU, Miami, etc.).
      SOS can really help fill that circle though.

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    • DawgPhan

      A circle would be perfect. That team is the best at every measure. Sort of like that Ohio State graph.


  2. practicaldawg

    This graphic tells me you can have a nice fat round circle when you play Northwestern and Rutgers week after week. Or anyone in the ACC.

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    • dawgman3000

      Aside from ND and Florida, it’s not like our schedule was exactly murderous row, which makes that info graphic a tad concerning IMO.

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      • Our amoeba prefers to prevent big plays versus applying a lot of pressure behind the line of scrimmage, which explains the giant shark bite out of the TFL sector…..

        The fact that we look anemic overall (compared to the other graphics shown) tells me we lack a certain edge the other teams possess.

        It can’t be talent, right? I mean, that’s the received wisdom — it CAN’T be the talent! We’ve got lots of stars!

        What is it, then? Game plan?

        Is it as simple as attitude? Are we too nice? Ha.


  3. DugLite

    This is Kirby’s best team other than turn over margin and tackle for loss. And of course turn over margin was destroyed in the USCe game.


  4. Down Island Way

    Yo Bluto…those graphics scared the hell out of me this a.m….they resemble the commercial, “this is your brain”…”this is your brain on man-ball”

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  5. DawgPhan

    Seriously thought that Buckeyes chart is crazy.

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  6. JeromefromDecatur

    Are our offensive stats representative of the Greg Talley era teams?


  7. chopdawg

    If we just take our mouses and click the “Tackles For Loss” dot, and drag that dot outward, we can beat Auburn.


    • Ken Wilkinson

      The TFL metric stunned me. To have the defensive performance we’ve had but to have that rated so low. I guess that’s a function of keeping everything in front of you.


      • 79Dawg

        Tackles for a loss is a pretty arbitrary data point, in isolation. “But our TFL stats are great” is something losers say after their opponent has a drive with 1-yard rush losses on first and second down, and an 82-yard bomb for a TD on third down…
        The aggregate play of the defense this year has been outstanding (as can be seen from the most important statistic, PPG)!


  8. Dawg151

    As the old saying goes, there are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Our graph this year looks a lot like it did in 2017 and 2018…years in which we made the SECCG and (at the very least) competed for the CFB playoff.

    However, with the amount of talent we have stacked up on our roster, it just seems to me that we should be maximizing those stats around the circle. It’s almost as if that other old saying is true: Georgia has all the talent in the world but never gets the most out of it.

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  9. DawgPhan

    The graph also shows that UGA hasnt been great at that TFL number since Smart has been here. That’s fine. They value something different that isnt on that chart.

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  10. Jack Klompus

    Well, it worked for the Ravens and Trent Dilfer. Why not for the Dawgs?


  11. Bulldog Joe

    Doc, I’m seeing Georgia as the Daffy Duck of the FBS.


    • siskey

      I think your picture is of Donald Duck. Daffy has a white collar around his neck and exists in a different universe with Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. Both are pretty damn good ducks.

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  12. practicaldawg

    One stat that has been troubling me this week: 0. The number of snaps Stetson Bennet has taken since the Arkansas State game.