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Monday, October 18, 2010

Georgia by the numbers

It’s another beautiful Monday morning in Athens, though a bit nippy. It’s also a beautiful day in the Don Draper household, where for some reason (deleted for those of you who haven't watched the Mad Men season finale yet. Hey, I didn't think it was that major a spoiler, but apologies to those who thought it was.)

(By the way, Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker's father.)

Wherever you are this fine morning, here are some stats, numbers and rankings for you as you begin your week:

- Georgia is moving up the defensive rankings, thanks to its shutout on Saturday. It ranks third in the SEC in yards allowed (290.1) and fourth in points allowed (18.7 per game.) Nationally, the Bulldogs rank 14th in total defense.

Georgia entered the weekend ranked last in the SEC in third-down defense. After allowing Vanderbilt just one conversion, Georgia moved up to 11th in that category, with South Carolina falling into last place.

- The offensive numbers: Georgia ranks seventh in the SEC in scoring offense (29.7 points per game) and fifth in total offense (395.3.) No surprise here, the pass (244.9 per game, fourth in the SEC) is better than the run (150.4 per game, eighth in the league.)

The Bulldogs also lead the league in time of possession, holding the ball for 31:30 per game.

- Nobody is covering kicks and punts better in the SEC than Georgia: It ranks first in the league in kickoff coverage, and second in punt coverage. Nationally the Bulldogs rank 13th in kickoff coverage, with Georgia Tech five spots ahead of them.

- Blair Walsh is tied for the league lead in field goals, with 13. Nationally, Walsh is tied with three others for third.

- Justin Houston is still your SEC sacks leader, with 6.5. Next up, with five, are three different players. Nationally, Houston is in a tie for 13th. (Clemson’s Da’Quan Bowers is second with nine.)

- Akeem Dent is fourth in the league with 62 tackles.

- Kris Durham ranks seventh in the league in receiving yards, and that’s while missing one game, and a portion of another, with a neck stinger.

- Georgia’s pass rush will have a tough task this weekend: Kentucky has yielded the least amount of sacks this season, six. Mississippi, which has played one less game than the Wildcats, has also yielded six sacks.

- Remember how turnover margin was an issue for the Bulldogs? They’ve improved that, and currently sit at plus-four. They still aren’t forcing many turnovers (11) but Aaron Murray has only been picked off three times, and there have been four fumbles. (You can probably remember them off the top of your head.)

- Penalties have also quietly slipped away as a major issue: Georgia is averaging 44 yards of penalty yardage, which is middle of the road in the SEC. Its opponents are holding their emotions in check too, committing just 32 yards worth of penalties per game, the second-least in the league.

- Aaron Murray is still third in the league in passing yards, but he’s the only freshmen in the top 10. In fact there aren’t even any sophomores on that list. Murray trails only Ryan Mallett and Mike Hartline, the Kentucky quarterback.

Hartline, like Murray, has only accounted for three interceptions this season.

- Cameron Newton, a quarterback, is far and away the SEC’s leading rusher with 80 yards. That’s just incredible. He also ranks first in pass efficiency. Newton has to be the Heisman leader right now.


202dawg said...

It's TiVo'd. Thanks for the *spoiler alert* Seth. Grrrr

bba said...

DUDE! You can't drop something like that in a post at 9.36am about a late night show! At least give a heads up. I mean, it's not like it was just a random episode, it was the SEASON FINALE! To put it in college football speak,"What's your deal?"

BulldogBen said...

So let me get this straight. Huge defensive turn around from last year, penalties are down, turnover ratio is in the positive up from an ATROCIOUS year last year, lead the league in Time of possession, the special teams have done a complete 180, we have a receiver NOT named AJ Green in the top 10 in the SEC, we have the league leader in sacks, and the 3rd in the league in passing yards.

End result so far: 3-4

Most maddening season of my life.

Where is the disconnect?

Anonymous said...

Dude - Great blog. I'll avoid the comparison to Hale. He was great. You're great too!

Complete screwup on the Draper *spoiler* WWYT?

NMdawg said...

First, consider the comments above about Mad Men fourth'd.

Second, from reading these stats, this sounds like a top 25 (at worst) team. Like a "we've got a real shot to win the division" kind of team (OK, that might still be true). If you time-travel-emailed this post to me back in August, I would... well, I'd be even more pissed about the Mad Men spoiler, but I'd be thrilled about the football info, other than the bit about being able to remember the fumbles off the top of my head. Annnnd in fact it turns out that's about the only stat that matters thus far.

But seriously: 4th in the SEC in scoring defense, 14th nationally in total defense, not thrilled about the offense but Murray is 3rd in the SEC in passing yardage, and Kris Durham is having a major impact. August Me would wonder what the hell happened to AJ ("Did he lie about Miami?!") but otherwise would be pretty satisfied and optimistic.

BulldogBen said...

Also, not for nothing guys but the show aired last night. If you didn't watch it it's on you not Seth to protect your eyes. The internet has free reign to spoil it for you now.

202dawg said...

Sorry BulldogBen, but TiVo/DVR trumps the internets! Seth's a smart cookie. I'm sure he'll admit his mistake. Right Seth? Right??? :)

202dawg said...

Thanks for complying, Seth. This will be remembered come Pulitzer/blog awards time...

Scott said...

BulldogBen - If I haven't watched something that I don't want spoiled, I stay away from entertainment/television sites until I have watched it. I don't think anybody comes to a Dawg blog expecting to have to worry about stuff like that.

Andy said...

I think I may be the only person left on the planet who doesn't have a high opinion of Cam Newton. He's may be the best running back in the country, but I think he is an average quarterback. Just look at his stats from this past week- 3 rushing tds and 1 passing. For the brief time Mallett was in there it was easy to see Newton does not have a stellar arm. It's just a Newton run right, Newton run left kind of offense.

Also, Snape kills Dumbledore.

Anonymous said...

Yeah Andy, but remember just because hes a much better runner than passer wont stop AU from laying some wood. I seem to remember this highly religious fella from UF doing pretty well with a similar skill set.

Anonymous said...

The narrator *is* Tyler Durden

meat said...

 Why should the ones who watched the regular broadcast be punished? For all of you whiners, let us know when we can resume our lives. You won't watch i for a week and it will be old news by then.

Rick said...

Listen, if you haven't watched the season finale of Mad Men, then tough s***. Stay away from the internet. Most of us watched it live so our reward is that we get to resume our lives. The rest of you can go whine somewhere else.

(And let's be honest, you KNOW Seth watches/loves the show and comments on it the day after. It's not his fault you guys are boneheads.)

Jonny said...

Seth...When was the last time UGA Shutout a team?

Athens, GA Weather said...


The last time UGA shutout a team was 2006 against South Carolina. I believe that score was 18-0. Best thing about it was that we beat them at their place with freshman Matt Stafford.

202dawg said...

You suckers with the attitude are the boneheads. I was having some fun with Seth. I would've emailed him if I had really been pissed. Some of you guys need to loosen up the corset a little. Also, FYI, I have a government job that requires me into work at 5 am to protect your sorry a$$es but hey, you guys know best.