Measuring Georgia’s Offensive By The Numbers
As Michigan football gears up for the Georgia Bulldogs, there has been a lot of talk about the Wolverines’ offense against the Georgia defense. Still, the confrontation of Georgia’s offense against Michigan’s defense could be what ultimately decides this game.
The Georgia Bulldogs enter the Orange Bowl with an exceptional average of 39.2 points per game, good enough for the seventh-best average in the country.
However, the Bulldog offensive attack is perhaps the weakest unit in this whole game.
How is that possible when they score so many points?
Let’s take an in-depth look at what the Georgian offensive has accomplished so far and why they played while doing it, it’s important.
For this drill, we took playing stats from the top five total defenses Georgia have played so far – Alabama, Clemson, UAB, Kentucky and South Carolina respectively.
In those five games, Georgia have scored 10, 24, 30, 40 and 56 points for an average of 32 points per game.
In the remaining seven games on their schedule, the Bulldogs averaged 50.3 points per game as they outscored Vanderbilt, Charleston Southern, Georgia Tech, a Florida defense that gave up 70 points to Samford and others.
Now Michigan football has also pumped up its scores against its last seven defensive opponents, where they have averaged 44.4 points per game, down from just 35.8 points per game against their five best total defenses played this season.
It’s still a big disparity, but nowhere near the size of Georgia.
All of this to say that Georgia have been able to rack up a large number of points this season, but they haven’t done so consistently against the top of their schedule.
In fact, the 10 points they scored against Clemson in Week 1 were mostly down to a six-pick in the second quarter.
The two best defenses Georgia have played are Alabama (8th) and Clemson (9th), and in those two games they’ve managed to score three offensive touchdowns and just 27 offensive points.
Conversely, the two best defenses Michigan football has played are Wisconsin (1st) and Iowa (15th) where Michigan scored 10 offensive touchdowns and 80 offensive points.
The Michigan defense enters the Orange Bowl ranked 12th nationally in total defense while Georgia is in 2nd.