So each week Ole Woody Smalls opens up his abacus and tries to make sense of everything that has happened in the SEC and all of College Football from the past weekend of fun and then compare it to see how it relates to the good fortunes or the misfortunes of the Georgia Bulldogs for the upcoming week.
The eye test isn’t always the best tool to see how the Dawgs or any team is doing at the present moment. You need to have a little statistical foundation to see where you’ve been and where you’re heading. So with that being said, here is where Georgia ranks in the conference and nationally in the core categories.
|Conference Scoring Offense||5|
|Conference Scoring Defense||13|
|Conference Total Offense||2|
|Conference Total Defense||13|
|Conference Rushing Defense||13|
|Conference Passing Defense||11|
|National Passing Yards||20|
|National Rushing Yards||36|
|National Points For||36|
|National Points Against||99|
|National Strength of Schedule Rank||6|
|National Poll Ranking||10|
As you can see the schedule to this point has produced a tale of two side of the ball. On offense, the Bulldogs are one of the strongest teams in the SEC and the Nation. But thanks to playing the Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks to kick off 2013, the defense is near the bottom. In fact if it were not for the Texas A&M Aggies, Georgia might be dead last in the SEC. But again, before you all start to get crazy and nervous about things, the Bulldogs have played the sixth toughest schedule in the nation and a pair of highly ranked team.
So now the obvious question is how does the North Texas Mean Green stand up with a similar statistical comparison?
|Conference Scoring Offense||4|
|Conference Scoring Defense||2|
|Conference Total Offense||3|
|Conference Total Defense||11|
|Conference Rushing Defense||8|
|Conference Passing Defense||10|
|National Passing Yards||30|
|National Rushing Yards||66|
|National Points For||58|
|National Points Against||42|
|National Strength of Schedule Rank||113|
|National Poll Ranking||n/a|
So what we know as a fact is the SEC is light years more advanced than Conference USA and there is no doubt this should be a clear the bench type of game early on paper.
But we also have some interesting points to ponder from the numbers as well. North Texas was picked to finished fifth in the Western Division in the preseason and despite a decent schedule for their level of play have fared well statistically. The Mean Green seem to be pretty well at passing the ball around and look to be only decent at running the ball.
The key to the game will lie in Georgia’s ability to establish the run early and use play action to take advantage of North Texas’ weak secondary. Once this is accomplished, the young Dawg defense can pin its ears back and go after Senior Quarterback Derek Thompson. Thompson will be a great live game test for the Georgia defense as he is 6-4, 220 pounds and compares almost identical to the LSU Tigers Senior Quarterback Zach Mettenberger (6-5, 230 pounds) physically.
College football can be a funny game, especially early in the season. But the numbers say this will be a great test for the Bulldogs and a perfect tune-up for the big game in Athens against the Tigers next week.
Smallwood has some great input here. I have followed him at Rant online. The dude is a walking encyclopedia with game stats. What does this guy have a Masters degree or something!!!!!
Listening to the analysts, they say that Bama has traditionally had lock down corners and then they stack the box to to stop the run. This year, their corners are not looking as good and A&M lit them up.
If Langley can quickly learn along with the others, the Dawg's could sell out a little more against the run.
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