Georgia comes out of the bye week with some good news from the injury room, but far from 100%. The team is staring down a backloaded schedule with bitter rival Florida, a potential home game of the century against Tennessee, and dangerous road games versus Kentucky and Mississippi State. No one expected that the Georgia defense wouldn't regress, in fact, I mentioned specifically a yards per play allowed of 4.5 would be an indicator that this defense would be elite in respect to other FBS teams. And, that is where they are. After stuffing Vandy in a locker, the Dawgs D is allowing 4.43 yards per play. The offense is also on pace to offset some of the defensive regression averaging over 7.0 yards per play giving the Bulldogs a Net YPP of 2.8 good for third in FBS behind Ohio State and Michigan (3.6 and 2.9). The Twitter crowd is trying to punch holes in their resume, but I just don't see it.
ESPN efficiency for the top 6 teams, ranked by overall eff:— Jon Tweets Sports (@jontweetssports) October 24, 2022
Overall / Offense / Defense
🏈 Ohio St 1st / 1st / 6th
🏈 Georgia 2nd / 8th / 1st
🏈 Bama 3rd / 9th / 3rd
🏈 Michigan 4th / 6th / 14th
🏈 Tennessee 5th / 3rd / 40th
🏈 Clemson 10th / 20th / 24thhttps://t.co/yvmIjk2Kil pic.twitter.com/MB4veqK0A7
Georgia's defense in 2022 vs FBS:— Jon Tweets Sports (@jontweetssports) October 24, 2022
🏈 267 yds / game (5th)
🏈 10.7 points / game (2nd)
🏈 0.8 TDs / game (1st)
🏈 172.8 pass yds / game (8th)
🏈 4.5 yds / play (10th)
🏈 5.5 yds / pass att (3rd)
🏈 53.4% pass completion % (7th)
🏈 3.1% sack % (125th)
Barely bend, don't break. pic.twitter.com/idfuUXrOeX
So where does Georgia stand, and we will look at these metrics just in the SEC. I posted the Power 5 for these in the forum, but now with half of the SEC season in the books there is value in the conference as the quality of opponents now is similar for these numbers to be comparable.
Success Rate, EPA and Yards
Georgia is at or near the top of most offensive advanced and yardage stats. First in offensive success rate, second yards per play, second in EPA, first in both pass and rush success rates. The offense is balanced and efficient.
Success Rate, EPA and Yards
Georgia is again at the top of most critical defensive metrics. Best in SEC in success rate allowed, rush and pass success rate and second in yards per play allowed behind Alabama and what was touted as the best defense in the country by far coming into the season. 31.1% pass success rate allowed is about to face a passing offense which is middle of SEC with 42% passing success rate. Needless to say that with the Georgia defense seemingly hitting its stride and a quietly elite offense.. good things should be ahead. But, November is prove it time.