For those of you who got your knickers in a twist over Bill Connelly having the temerity to suggest that Georgia Tech’s returning production might mean some improvement in the program, you can relax a little. Bill has the Jackets sitting at 58th in his first SP+ rankings of 2020. The only two SEC teams worse than Tech are Arkansas and Vanderbilt.
What about Georgia, you ask? Well, it ain’t bad.
Yeah, the offense isn’t projected as elite, but it’s hard to argue differently until we see what Monken produces. But that defensive SP+ number is off the charts — Oregon is second, with a defensive SP+ rating nearly double Georgia’s, at 11.8.
Just to give you an idea how crazy that number is, the Dawgs finished last season tops in defensive SP+, at 10. Maybe there’s something to Bill’s returning production metric after all.
This regular season, the Dawgs face the nos. 1, 7, 11, 19, 28, 35, 44, 49, 58 and 101 from Bill’s list. No surprise; it looks like a grind.