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  1. I know many of you watch our film preview shows on the DawgsCentral YouTube channel. For those who don’t have the time to sit down and view a video preview I put together these pregame notes from my film study outline. If you’d like to watch our UGA-Missouri film preview you can view it at the link below. Now, let’s get into things… MISSOURI DEFENSE vs UGA OFFENSE - Mizzou’s DL flashed against UGA’s OL interior last year. Can they do it again? The first play from their game against Abilene Christian shows a front that was blockable for an FCS team. Mizzou got pushed around up front by ACU a lot. It’s defense had a hard time getting push up front. There are times where they make some plays in the holes, but they aren’t getting push too much. If they couldn’t shut down the rushing attack of an FCS team they are likely to struggle against UGA’s OL. They aren’t built to blow anyone off of the ball. One is likely to look at the fact they held Auburn to 103 rushing yards on 41 carries and thing they are a good run defense. They are not. Kansas State’s top 3 ball carriers went for 199 yards and 6.2 yards a carry against the Tigers. - On one of ACU’s 1st quarter drives they get the ball on their own 1 and run immediately out of the end zone for 5 yards. Then comes a 3rd & 4. ILB #8 Ty’Ron Hopper is in the game. He misses a tackle as the ACU RB turns the corner. Two plays later, he’s going to miss another tackle. This time it’s right in the middle of the field. Hopper is one of Mizzou’s best pass rushers, but he has a PFF Tackle grade of 19.4… He is awful in run support. Hopper is good in coverage and as a pass rusher. His 91.6 coverage grade is the highest on Missouri’s team. - After his third missed tackle of the drive, Mizzou decides it’s time that they take Hopper out of the game. They bring in Chad Bailey #33 (questionable for Saturday) and Will Norris #22 at ILB. These two immediately miss a run fit, with Norris filling the wrong hole and Bailey whiffing on a tackle after initially filling towards the wrong gap. Missouri’s LB’s aren’t very good. - One guy to watch is CB #14 Kris Abrams-Draine. He’s a decent cover corner and makes some nice plays on the ball on tape. He has been targeted 19 times and allowed 8 receptions this season for 84 yards. He’s the best DB the Tigers have and is their #1 corner. He does a nice job of working the boundaries. - THIS SECONDARY IS POOOOORRRRR AT TACKLING. A play from the Abilene Christian game had me howling at 1:00 AM in my living room. #2 is Ennis Rakestraw (14 TGT/9 REC 118 YDS), he is there #2 CB and plays the boundary opposite of Abrams-Draine. Rakestraw absolutely dives at air at some points and will bust some assignments, particularly in Zone Coverage. Rakestraw was good early in his career but hasn’t really continued to develop. - If there’s one thing Mizzou does okay it’s cover… I think? I don’t know. Louisiana Tech threw for 336 yards against them. Maybe AU just sucks and Ashford doesn’t see the field well. Louisiana Tech had a lot of success picking on #28 Joseph Charleston, the Slot CB in Missouri’s defense. LaTech hit him for 4 receptions and 84 yards on 7 targets. - On the whole, I think the middle of the field can be had pretty easily for UGA in this game. Manuel #1 and Carlies #3 are the safeties. They are assignment sound but they’re not playmakers or special athletes. I think UGA’s TE group can work those two a lot and I expect Georgia to try some deep stuff down the seams. I think they can hit some plays down the middle, particularly after the Bulldogs establish the run in this game. - Hopper (#8) and Edge Isiah Maguire (#9) are Mizzou’s two best pass rushers. They have a nice moment against AU where they both come off of the right side and Maguire gets a strip sack for a turnover. The two have 9 pressures each on the year. Georgia will have to watch those guys on pass rush situations, but Jones and McClendon are so solid I don’t really see them creating problems on the edges. Hopper could come with an A-Gap blitz at some junctures. Georgia’s Guards need to do a better job of recognizing their assignments on delay blitzes than they have lately when he does. MISSOURI OFFENSE vs UGA DEFENSE - Luther Burden is Mizzou’s biggest weapon. He’s questionable for this game and likely won’t be playing on Saturday. That’s a big uh-oh for the Tigers. He hasn’t made a ton of big plays as a WR so far this year, but he has the athletic ability to make a big play and matchup with the athletes on Georgia’s defense. There’s only a few guys on this roster that could play significant snaps for the Dawgs and he is one of them. If not for a long punt return TD he made against ACU that game would have been 10-3 at halftime. He’s good in open space, but with him out or severely limited it takes a lot of the threat out of this offense. - QB Brady Cook will make some POOR decisions. He stares down WR’s a lot and doesn’t look off defenders nearly enough. His wideouts don’t get a ton of separation on tape, so he’s usually throwing into tight windows. - Missouri’s best WR is Dominic Lovett. He is usually lined up in the slot and he leads Mizzou in receiving by a large margin. He’s had 21 catches on 29 targets for 372 yards and 2 TD’s. He is currently the SEC’s leading receiver. - There’s a clip of Mizzou getting blown up on 3rd & 2 by Abilene Christian… Woof. This offensive line does not run block well across the board. #55 is Connor Tollison the Center. He struggles in particular. Watch for UGA to try and attack him with Jalen Carter and Co. I would also expect you will see more A-Gap blitzes from Dumas-Johnson and Mondon. - There are multiple 3rd and short plays against Abilene Christian that result in a stuff or a loss and lead to a Missouri punt. Missouri’s offensive staff kept calling run plays in short yardage situations with the expectation that they should be able to blow an FCS team off the ball at home. They couldn’t do it though, especially on inside runs. - Missouri’s OL doesn’t pick up delay blitzes too well from what I see on tape. - Cook can make some nice throws. He has a live arm and he can drive the ball downfield. There are some throws he makes into pockets of zone coverage that make you say wow. He’ll use trajectory and arm strength to hit a WR in a window between three defenders. He showed decent touch on a Wheel Route down the sideline to HB Cody Shrader versus ACU. Then he stares guys down and tries to do too much and gets himself in trouble. - Nathaniel Peat is the #1 HB and averages 4.8 yards a carry. He’s the most productive RB because he’s a bruiser who can run through some contact. With this Mizzou OL they’ve gotta have back who can fall forward and bounce off some tackles. Otherwise almost everything would be a stop play. - This is allegedly an SEC offensive line. Lots of plays I watched where I just wrote “Yikes!” into my notes. - Mizzou has a screen game. Expect to see it after Kent State’s success against UGA. The good news for Georgia is that Missouri’s WR’s do not block particularly well. The Dawgs have been working on screen pursuit a lot this week as well. - Cook will stare down a WR from time to time. He’s especially prone to doing that when trying to go over the middle. UGA should be able to jump one or tow of those if he does it on Saturday. - One thing that really stands out is Mizzou’s Pass Protection issues. LG Xavier Delgado #72 seems to be the biggest liability. He gave up 3 QB hurries and a sack against Auburn. RT #51 Zeke Powell is also a liability in pass block situations. - On “True Pass Set” plays wher Mizzou runs a classic dropbacks with no rolling pocket, play-action or quick game they REALLY struggle. On 37 TPS Plays so far this year with 15 pressures allowed. Nobody has tried to dropback and throw downfield against Georgia so far this year. If Missouri does it on Saturday then UGA should be able to rack up some sacks and QB pressures. - Penn State ran for nearly 7 yards a carry on Auburn. Missouri couldn’t do much of anything on the ground against them - One of the reasons Cook makes a lot of bad decisions is that his WR’s don’t get too much separation. He makes a lot of throws where he has to be perfect. If he’s a half-step behind his WR on the throw then it’s falling into the DB’s arms instead. - I expect Mizzou to run a lot of quick game like this against UGA because of their OL struggles. - Cook can do enough with his legs to make you respect him. He’s not going to run around or over anyone, but if you leave the backside open on a zone-read play and he options to keep the ball he can run 12 yards for a first down on the backside of the defense and scamper out of bounds. UGA’s Edges will have to at least acknowledge him and wait until they force the handoff before crashing towards the Missouri RB. They’ll even mix in the occasional speed option look. - Mookie Cooper WR #5 only has a few catches on the season but flashed against Auburn. Watch out for him on Saturday with Burden out. - Mizzou ran a lot of play-action and misdirection concepts against Auburn and will likely have have to run that on Saturday against UGA’s front. They brought WR’s and HB’s in motion before the play or right at the snap and had them head towards the boundaries while trying to fake a run action up the middle to freeze the LB’s. Then Cook would pull it and flip it out to the motion man on the edge. It was relatively effective for them. I say relatively because they scored 14 points in the game, but those concepts allowed them to move the ball more than pretty much anything else the Tigers did. Georgia will have to tackle in space on the boundaries, but I don’t think those tricks will work with athletes like Dumas-Johnson, Mondon, Marshall and UGA’s Edges. - Interesting play from the MIZ-AU game… Missouri with a called deep shot to their #1 WR Lovett. He gets no separation but Cook throws it anyways. This could be a multiple INT game for the UGA defense - Lovett is the only real established deep threat, especially with Burden hobbled or out. Gotta get your head around when guarding Lovett or he’ll findthe ball and make a big play on you when you least expect it. Most of his deep catches come on under thrown balls where he just finds it and goes up and the CB doesn’t turn in time and ends up out of position SCORE PREDICTION & FINAL THOUGHTS Remember Eli Drinkwitz’s corny video last year where he’s looking into the camera and saying, “shooters shoot” after Luther Burden’s commitment to Missouri? Well, I bet Kirby Smart does. Georgia can run the ball well on Saturday and get the ground game humming. They will do that, and I expect Daijun Edwards to go over 100 yards on the day, but the 2022 Georgia offense is not the same offense of years past. This team throws to setup the run and it uses the passing game to get the ball out on the edges. With the exception of Hopper, I think Missouri’s LB’s and Safeties are pretty slow. I expect UGA to continue using its screen game with great success even with Kenny McIntosh likely out of the lineup. You might see Ladd, Bowers, Bell, Edwards, and others catching swing passes and screens on the edge as Washington, Rosemy, McConkey, etc. plow a pathway for them. I think Georgia can come close to naming their score on Saturday and I think Missouri is going to struggle mightily to reach double digits. The Bowers show will continue as it always does, but I expect the Dawgs to connect on 2-3 downfield shots on Saturday. What better way to continue reminding elite WR recruits that Georgia’s offense is not just plenty modern, but also sleek, efficient, and effective than going for a big number in the passing game as Luther Burden watches up close and person? This isn’t Kent State or Samford, and I expect Missouri to get a full dose of the Monken offense with a Georgia defense that makes things a little more confusing than it did with the base package stuff it ran last weekend. The Dawgs shouldn’t give up much of anything on the ground, and I think they’ll make 1-2 interceptions on Cook. I wouldn’t be shocked if Missouri is able to connect on a deep shot or two of their own to Lovett, but even if they do I don’t think those plays will go all the way for touchdowns. If Missouri tries to run tempo or attempt more than the occasional long pass I think UGA will put some sacks up on Cook. Georgia’s red zone offense will look much closer to the way it did in Atlanta and Columbia, SC on Saturday night than it did in UGA’s two home games. Stetson Bennett might not have to play into the 4th quarter. Then again, Kirby may want to see his QB put up 350+ yards in this one… Dawgs cover the 4 TD spread comfortably. Georgia 45 - Missouri 6
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  4. Fall camp officially started yesterday, and with that came the first round of official press conferences for Kirby Smart and a handful of players. With that, I'm here to talk about the question that is still on everyone's mind. And of course, I'm talking about what the team and fans are going to wear in the showdown with Oregon. Laugh if you will, but a quick perusal of Twitter will show a lot of people asking these questions. And my main point in writing this is that I wish Georgia would just announce this stuff. In my opinion, the school should put out a schedule in early August that includes what the team will wear as well as what they want the fans to wear. I know a lot of people "don't care" about this kind of thing. However, when you leave a void, that void is going to be filled. Here are some examples. People are waiting for the jersey colors to be released: Student groups are tying to organize coordination on fan attire: If everyone starts to promote wearing black as the Spike Squad is calling for, then great. The problem becomes when other groups disagree and say we need to wear red, or white. I think we need to remove the mystery around this stuff. Make all of it commonplace. The 2007 blackout against Auburn can never be recreated. That was a one time deal. So my ask of the UGAA is to just do all of the thinking for us. I thought the were heading down that path in Kirby's first season with a simple press release from the Athletic Association. While the release with this information is no longer on GeorgiaDogs.com, we still have access to it thanks to the internet archives. From the release (which was an FAQ document): There were a few stories during the summer about the football team wearing black jerseys. Should we be wearing certain colors at specific games? Fans are encouraged to red for all home games, with the exception of our game with Louisiana-Lafayette. For the November 19 game against ULL, fans are encouraged to wear black. Why is that so hard to repeat? It's so simple, yet so effective. And it would alleviate all of the perceived "distraction" that I have a feeling some folks are worried about. There's no distraction if everyone knows what's going on.
  5. Nine Bulldogs, were named to the 2022 Preseason Media Days All-Southeastern Conference Team. Sophomore tight end Brock Bowers and junior offensive tackle Warren McClendon were named to the First Team offense, while junior defensive lineman Jalen Carter, senior linebacker Nolan Smith and redshirt sophomore defensive back Kelee Ringo were named to the defense's First Team. Senior Kearis Jackson is in as a First Team Return Specialist. Second Team selections included redshirt sophomore Sedrick Van Pran and senior safety Christopher Smith. Senior tailback Kenny McIntosh was voted as a Third Team running back. FULL TEAM LIST OFFENSE First-Team QB – Bryce Young, Alabama RB - Tank Bigsby, Auburn RB – Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama WR - Kayshon Boutte, LSU WR - Jermaine Burton, Alabama TE - Brock Bowers, Georgia OL - Emil Ekiyor Jr., Alabama OL - Warren McClendon, Georgia OL - O'Cyrus Torrence, Florida OL - Nick Broeker, Ole Miss C - Ricky Stromberg, Arkansas Second-Team QB – Hendon Hooker, Tennessee RB - Chris Rodriguez Jr., Kentucky RB - Devon Achane, Texas A&M WR - Cedric Tillman, Tennessee WR - Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss TE - Cameron Latu, Alabama OL - Layden Robinson, Texas A&M OL - Kenneth Horsey, Kentucky OL - Darnell Wright, Tennessee OL - Javion Cohen, Alabama C - Sedrick Van Pran, Georgia Third-Team QB – Will Levis, Kentucky RB - Zach Evans, Ole Miss RB - Kenny McIntosh, Georgia WR - Ainias Smith, Texas A&M WR - Josh Vann, South Carolina TE - Jaheim Bell, South Carolina OL - Brady Latham, Arkansas OL - Tyler Steen, Alabama OL - Javon Foster, Missouri *OL - Jeremy James, Ole Miss *OL – Kendall Randolph, Alabama C - Cooper Mays, Tennessee DEFENSE First-Team DL - Jalen Carter, Georgia DL - BJ Ojulari, LSU DL - Derick Hall, Auburn DL - Byron Young, Tennessee LB - Will Anderson Jr., Alabama LB - Nolan Smith, Georgia LB - Henry To'oTo'o, Alabama DB - Jordan Battle, Alabama DB - Kelee Ringo, Georgia DB - Eli Ricks, Alabama DB - Jalen Catalon, Arkansas Second-Team DL - Zacch Pickens, South Carolina DL - D.J. Dale, Alabama DL - Ali Gaye, LSU DL - Colby Wooden, Auburn LB - Bumper Pool, Arkansas LB - Dallas Turner, Alabama LB - Brenton Cox Jr., Florida DB – Cam Smith, South Carolina DB - Antonio Johnson, Texas A&M DB - Christopher Smith, Georgia DB - Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State Third-Team DL - Gervon Dexter, Florida DL - Justin Eboigbe, Alabama DL - Maason Smith, LSU DL - McKinnley Jackson, Texas A&M LB - Owen Pappoe, Auburn LB - Ventrell Miller, Florida LB - Jeremy Banks, Tennessee DB - Kool-Aid McKinstry, Alabama DB - Trey Dean III, Florida DB - Trevon Flowers, Tennessee DB - Malachi Moore, Alabama SPECIALISTS First-Team P - Nik Constantinou, Texas A&M PK - Will Reichard, Alabama RS - Kearis Jackson, Georgia AP - Jahmyr Gibbs, Alabama Second-Team P - Oscar Chapman, Auburn PK - Anders Carlson, Auburn RS - Ainias Smith, Texas A&M AP - Devon Achane, Texas A&M Third-Team P - Paxton Brooks, Tennessee PK - Harrison Mevis, Missouri RS - JoJo Earle, Alabama AP - Ainias Smith, Texas A&M * - Indicates a tie
  6. Those of you who have followed my work for a little while know that I’m always weary of media narratives. Before I take the line that is being repeated over and over on Twitter or talk radio at face value I have to do my own digging. Last offseason the two narratives I tackled most were “Dan Mullen is a Top Ten Coach” and “Kirby Smart Can’t Develop.” Well, I think we know how those turned out. Georgia’s 2021 National Championship killed the vast majority of the negative narratives that were repeated for years by journalists who don’t do their homework and rival programs recruiting against UGA. However, one narrative remains prevalent around the UGA program. So, does Georgia really have a WR development problem? The story goes that UGA doesn’t want to pass and doesn’t develop wide-receivers. It is true that in Georgia’s history there has only been a single wide-receiver who has had a 1,000 yard season (Terrence Edwards had 1,004 yards receiving in 2002), but did UGA really avoid throwing to its wide-receivers in 2021? Is the program wasting talent? Many of UGA’s current WR targets in the 2023 recruiting class have openly admitted that opposing staffs have tried to paint Georgia as a program that wastes receiving talent. I’m going to take a look at this narrative from a few angles, and when we get to the end we’ll see where the data takes us. NFL Draft Picks Georgia hasn’t recruited wide-receivers at the level of Ohio State, the Bulldogs have only signed 1 five-Star WR in Kirby Smart’s tenure as head coach. By contrast, the Buckeyes signed 4 five-star wideouts from 2019-2021. Georgia’s main rival in the SEC over the last few seasons has been Alabama. The Crimson Tide have signed 12 players ranked as top 12 WR’s in their class since 2017. In that same time span, UGA has signed just 4 players ranked as top 12 WR’s in their recruiting class. Despite the gap in raw talent acquired, Bulldog receivers have faired very well in the NFL Draft. MOST WR’S DRAFTED LAST 5 YEARS Alabama - 8 LSU - 7 Clemson - 7 Ohio State - 7 Georgia - 6 Okay, so UGA is getting guys drafted at a pretty good rate. That should say something about development, but let’s look a little bit further into the 2021 season and get an idea of what happened. 2021 Passing Game When talking about UGA’s 2021 offense you first have to talk about Georgia’s defense. The Bulldogs were so dominant on defense that they rarely found themselves playing in a 2nd half where they were winning by less than 3 possessions. In fact, only Clemson, Auburn and Kentucky were within two scores of UGA in the 2nd half of a game in 2021. Let’s consider a few things… UGA had massive injury issues at WR in 2021. It started the season without the following players fully healthy- Jermaine Burton, George Pickens, Kearis Jackson, Arian Smith, Darnell Washington, Marcus Rosemy-Jacksaint and John Fitzpatrick. That group made up the vast majority of Georgia’s returning WR production. When the Bulldogs went to play at Auburn, they had only 6 healthy receivers on the roster. It seems fair to say those depth issues probably had an influence on Todd Monken’s play calling, especially with a lead. Georgia’s eyes were on a national title throughout the entire 2021 season. Todd Monken has an immense array of great pass plays, but we only saw the ones that weren’t vanilla calls out of base formations when UGA found themselves in a competitive situation. Multiple weapons are harder to stop than 1-2 wideouts that the entire offense runs through. Monken wanted to create matchup problems at every skill position, and the best way to do that is to prove those skill players are a threat to a defense. By the end of the season, UGA’s offense was harder to gameplan for because so many players had shown they were a threat to create chunk plays. Still, it’s important to remember that injuries made it so that happened as much by necessity as it did choice. A few stats worth noting for UGA in 2021… Georgia’s WR corps was EXTREMELY efficient… 3 of the SEC’s top 6 pass catchers by QB Rating were Bulldogs (McConkey 154.0, Bowers 146.3, Burton 144.4) 3 of the SEC’s top 5 WR’s by reception percentage in 2021 played for UGA (Burton 86.7% of targets caught, McConkey 79.5%, Bowers 78.9%) Ladd McConkey lead all SEC receivers in Yards per Reception on Screens (12.5) UGA - 9 players with 2+ Yards Per Route Run in 2021. No other SEC program had more than 5. So that’s good, right? Well, the thing that always gets thrown back into Georgia’s face is that they haven’t had a 1000 yard receiver under Smart. One could argue that Pickens being drafted in the early 2nd round last year despite only having 9 targets on the season is proof that a wideout doesn’t have to have a 1500 yard season to show it’s worthy of being a high selection in the NFL Draft. Still, UGA just had one of its most talented WR’s leave the program after winning a National Championship. That has caused a lot of people to assume that Burton left because Georgia doesn’t want to throw the football or isn’t good at throwing the football. Jermaine Burton & Stetson Bennett Jermaine Burton’s transfer to Alabama is a big reason why this negative narrative around UGA’s passing game has flourished, but let’s ask ourselves why he left. Many assumed that Burton didn’t want to play with Stetson Bennett again. Maybe that’s true, but let’s remind ourselves what Bennett did in 2021. 3rd in NCAA in QBR (86.7) 4th in NCAA in QB Rating (176.7) 3rd in Yards Per Attempt (10.0) 10.3 Yard Average Depth Of Target (ADOT) was highest among SEC QB’s 53.7% completion on throws over 20+ yards (2nd in SEC) 62.2% completion on throws 10-19 yards (2nd in SEC) Call Bennett a game manager if you want, but if you do you’re going to be wrong. I’ll be the first to admit that Bennett isn’t the type of QB who is going to be a high-round selection in the NFL Draft. Despite that, Bennett is a very effective collegiate quarterback. I think he is a good quarterback. There are people who think he is a bad quarterback, which is 100% their right. I do want to ask those people a simple question. If Stetson Bennett is a bad QB and was still able to have the statistical output I highlighted above then Georgia’s WR’s must be REALLY good… Right? I mean the WR development must be off the charts if UGA was able to achieve those type of passing statistics and win a national title despite Bennett being under center. You cannot say that Bennett is a bad QB and UGA has bad WR development. The numbers do not allow it. So let’s ask ourselves if there is another reason why Burton wanted to leave. Is it because Burton saw what happened when Ladd McConkey came into the lineup at the Z-Receiver position he was used to manning when he was hurt? Let’s consider McConkey’s stat line in 2021… Lead all SEC WR’s in Yards Per Reception on screens with 12.5 Lead UGA WR’s in Missed Tackles Forced after a reception (6) When targeting McConkey in 2021, Georgia quarterbacks had a QB rating of 154.0, which was the highest on the team. Lead all of UGA’s WR’s in Contested Catch Percentage (80%) Took over half of his snaps at the Z position that Burton also plays It’s understandable that Burton sees his 3rd year of college football as the time where he should start shining on the stat sheet. When you’re a heralded recruit who wants to see the offense at least partially flow through you then the idea of splitting reps with a former three-star recruit who got the last scholarship offered in your same class probably doesn’t sit well. Development Speaking of McConkey being a three-star recruit, the numbers shared above about his 2021 season should serve as a pretty good testament to what Georgia’s staff has done in terms of WR development. UGA basically lost its entire lineup of projected starting receivers to injury prior to the season. Despite that, they just kept on ticking. Almost nobody expected Brock Bowers, AD Mitchell and Ladd McConkey to be players who would be relied upon in significant moments prior to last season. UGA managed to get 1,757 yards receiving 22 TD’s out of those three players. Combined they averaged 15.2 yards per catch. There just aren’t many staffs in the country that are going to get that out of 2 three-star WR’s and a four-star TE. Especially when you remember that Mitchell and Bowers were true freshman and McConkey redshirted in 2020. So, we’ve established that Georgia was really effective when throwing the ball. Why didn’t they do it more? Game State If you’re familiar with advanced stats in College Football, you may have heard the term “Garbage Time” before. Garbage Time is a point in the game where victory has been secured and a play caller changes their rhythm from aggressively chasing points to actively killing the clock. Anything that takes place when a team is up by more than 28 in the first quarter, up by more than 24 in the second, up by more than 21 in the third, or up by more than 16 in the fourth is considered to be within the realm of Garbage Time play calling. Georgia spent half of the game or more in a Garbage Time game state versus UAB, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, Florida, Missouri, Charleston Southern and Georgia Tech. That’s a lot of time where Georgia was in cruise control trying to kill clock. That’s a lot of series where everyone in the stadium knew that the Bulldogs were going to run on 1st down, run on 2nd down, and throw an out route just past the sticks on 3rd down. Simply put, UGA didn’t throw very much in 2nd halves because they were winning by large margins throughout the vast majority of the 2021 season. Georgia attempted 250 passes in the 1st half of games compared to just 157 passes in second halves. So, let’s see what we can learn by looking at how UGA’s passing game functioned in relation to the score of the game. First, let’s break this up simply by 1st half and 2nd half and find out how UGA fares… The QB Rating from 2021 UGA in the first half of games was better than any of the other teams shown. Furthermore, the Bulldogs actually had more yards passing in the first half last year than Ole Miss, Oklahoma and Tennessee. They had just 13 yards less passing in the first half than 2018 Clemson, who won a national title with Trevor Lawrence. That seems good. So let’s look at what UGA did through the air when games were competitive… So, reader… Now that you’ve seen the data I have to ask… Did 2021 UGA fail to produce a 1000 yard receiver because they had a WR development problem or a margin of victory problem?
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