There’s one other interesting tidbit from that Dennis Dodd piece worth sharing:
Best team you never saw: Air Force, which was only of only 17 teams to win 11+ games. Why does coach Troy Calhoun come up for jobs so often? The Falcons finished No. 1 in SportsSource Analytics’ offensive control metric. Offensive control measures time of possession, first-down efficiency, third-down efficiency and percentage of drives resulting in touchdowns. Remember, we’re talking about Air Force (11-2 in 2019). Among the top 10 in that category, LSU was fifth and Ohio State was fourth. Air Force also finished first in fewest penalties per game, second in time of possession and third in pass efficiency. [Emphasis added.]
I don’t know where Georgia finished in that metric, but will note that only in time of possession did Georgia finish ahead of LSU and OSU. Ohio State was first in third down conversion percentage, LSU was fourth and Georgia was 50th. LSU scored 95 touchdowns last season; Ohio State scored 88. Georgia? The Dawgs produced only 50.
If you’re a control kind of guy, something I think it’s fair to assume Mr. Manball is, then last season provided pretty good evidence there were better ways to skin the efficiency cat than Georgia’s offense managed.