One thing Kirby Smart said at yesterday’s presser that I appreciated was calling time of possession a misleading stat. By and large, I think that’s correct, although there are exceptions to prove that particular rule. (If you’re running the triple option and aren’t dominating TOP, buddy, you got some problems.) Smart went on to say he prefers to see a big margin in the number of plays Georgia runs versus their opponents. All well and good.
The thing is, they’re doing both!
No. 1 Georgia is keeping the ball for 34:57 per game, way ahead of last season’s 30:33, more than a minute longer than any of Kirby Smart’s other six Georgia teams. Smart isn’t impressed, calling it a “very misleading stat.” He said he would much rather have disparity in the number of plays the Dawgs run as opposed to their opponents, which may be a different way of saying the same thing. Georgia has that disparity (71.5 snaps vs. 57.1 by the opponents), too. None of Smart’s other Georgia defenses has allowed fewer than 61.4 plays per game. Is that Stetson Bennett moving the chains? Georgia’s defense getting off the field? Doesn’t matter to Smart. He’s just happy to see it.
I would argue an efficiency gap like this is a key to that: