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December 2, 2011

Georgia and LSU Comparisons

After doing the comparison of Arkansas and Georgia to prove a point, I decided to see how the six common opponents between Georgia and LSU matched up.

Team
LSU Result 
UGA Result
LSU Off/Def
UGA Off/Def
Auburn
45-10
45-7
393/248
528/195
Ole Miss
52-3
27-13
458/195
475/183
Florida
41-11
24-20
453/213354/226
Kentucky
35-7
19-10
348/155317/165
Tennessee
38-7
20-12
383/239
366/269
Mississippi State
19-6
24-10
361/193
315/213

So, with the exception of Mississippi State, LSU routinely blew out the common opponents. Looking at the yardage, though, it was much more evenly matched:

LSU Offensive Yardage: 399.3
LSU Defensive Yardage: 207.2
LSU Differential: + 192.1

UGA Offensive Yardage: 392.5
UGA Defensive Yardage: 208.5
UGA Differential: +184

The difference? A little of this and a little of that. Some special teams and defensive scores. Some awesome field field position, due to opportunistic defense, as well as strong punt and kick returns. Some facing depleted offenses at the right time, specifically Florida. As for the lower scores for Georgia in those games, certainly you can look at the offensive philosophy when we have a lead.

I don't know if there is anything I can take away from this, other than I think this game, on paper, is much closer to a push than 13.5 points.

What are your thoughts?

TD

2 comments:

Pete Davis said...

Have a laugh at LSU. http://collegefootballpete.blogspot.com/2011/08/angola-state-prison-tigers-or-lsu.html

StatsProfessor said...

I hope they keep it close. The line is way too high. I'll take the +14.

 
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