Dave Bartoo makes an interesting statistical point in his post about 2015 returning starters when he writes,
I include the kickers and punters in returning starters. Why? My trending has shown that a team with both kickers returning, that their average win total year of year is +1 game. Those that lose both kickers it is nearly a full game below last year’s total. When the average top 25 team loses their closest game by less than 4 points, on average, each season, kicking is going to be key in at least one game.
Georgia, as we know, returns both kickers this season. How does that compare to the rest of the conference?
The Dawgs are one of eight teams to do so, according to the chart you can find in the middle of Dave’s post. So, maybe not so big an advantage, more like keeping pace. (Assuming Barber gets his consistency problem worked out, that is.)
On the other hand, if Bartoo’s right, it looks like that’s just another problem Jim McElwain’s got to deal with this season.