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Georgia's defense in 2013?
We can quibble about the talent, although there is no doubt we have more depth in the defensive backfield than we did then. I'd argue that our LB talent is equal or better. We also lost one of our two studs on the Dline when Jeff Owens went down in an early game. I get where Hinnen comes from in looking at the similarities, as we are very young, especially on the line. We are definitely deeper on the Dline.
He also talked about Georgia giving up all those rushing yards in certain games. That part is lazy, especially when he doesn't look at the other games and differences in formation. In particular, he doesn't look at how efficiently teams scored on Georgia's defense and how many rushing attempts Georgia faced. While the Dawgs was a middling 4.14 in ypc, we faced nearly 30 more rushing attempts on the season than the next closest team. Yes, we gave up too damn many rushing yards on the season. When you look at the actual numbers on the season, we only had one really, really bad game and a couple of meh games with rushing defense.
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Inside the 20, the opponent's rushing average goes down to a respectable 2.39 ypc. One of the things we just didn't have the bodies for last year was running that double beef formation at other places on the field and in other situations, especially first and second down, where teams ate our lunch to the tune of nearly 90% of rushing yards gained on 75% of the attempts.
Does this mean we go and hold Clemson to under 100 yards rushing? No way. Does it mean we have a different team than we had in 2008? Absolutely.
We might finish 3rd in the division. That wouldn't be a shock as the SEC East is much better in 2013 than it was in 2008. But any comparisons of this team to 2008 doesn't take plenty of things into account that are just too big to ignore.