Y’all have heard me obsess (too much, probably) over how the fate of the losing team in Georgia’s opener will most likely stem from it being the one whose offensive line did the poorer job. Given that, I thought this observation from Kirby Smart was of interest:
On the similarities between Georgia and Clemson…
“I don’t think we’re real similar… Their front is different than our front. We both do have experience in our front seven. Theirs is different than ours. Ours is a lot bigger, built to stop the run, and theirs is pushy, more athletic and built to rush the passer. They’ve done that, statistically, really well. They’ve effected every quarterback they play in terms of sacks and those numbers. We’ve been better in those categories, but not as good as what they’ve done.
The stats, courtesy of Josh, bear that out.
I will grant you that quarterback pressures are a somewhat amorphous stat, but even so, it’s pretty apparent that Clemson’s front has a better track record of getting after the quarterback than does Georgia’s. That’s not the be all and end all, of course — for one thing, note that the highest PFF grade belongs to Georgia’s o-line and the lowest to Clemson’s o-line — but it does illustrate where the challenge lies ahead for Georgia’s offense.