The offense may be a little too meh for our taste, but the Dawgs are riding high in the polls and CFP rankings. One big reason for that:
Scoring 39 of 40 times it has reached the opposition’s 20-yard line this season, Georgia currently ranks No. 1 in the 130-member FBS in Red Zone Conversions at 97.50 percent. Likewise, the Bulldogs currently rank No. 3 in the FBS in [fewest] Opponent Red Zone Conversions at 62.50 percent, as their opposition has scored just 10 of 16 times it has reached Georgia’s 20-yard line.
There’s only one other team that currently is ranked in the top 15 in both, so they’ve got that going for them.
A nice thing about that is it’s an area that Kirby has shored up from last season.
… Georgia’s current red-zone rankings are up—and significantly—from last season, when the Bulldogs’ red-zone rankings were No. 13 (90 percent in Red Zone Conversions) and No. 107 (89.19 percent in Opponent Red Zone Conversions).
The not-so-good news is that, while Georgia is scoring in the red zone at an impressive clip, it’s settling for a lot of field goals. Its red zone touchdown percentage (67.50%) stands only at 34th nationally. That’s how you get a chart that looks like this:
That being said, as Garbin elaborates, overall, Georgia’s red zone productivity is in a very good place.
At the current rate this season, Georgia’s Red Zone Efficiency–Offense of 5.63 would be the Bulldogs’ second-best mark behind 5.75 from two years ago, while their 3.38 average in Red Zone Efficiency–Defense would also be the team’s second-best mark, only trailing 2.90 from 2003.
Also this season, Georgia’s Red Zone Efficiency margin of plus-2.25 points would easily surpass the team’s current high of plus-1.65 in 2003…