A Closer Look At The UGA Defense

Georgia’s defense has played outstanding so far this season.   Its scoring defense is at around 20 ppg, and if that holds, it would be the lowest since 2007.

The scoring defense is calculated like this:

(35+45+0+14+10+12+28+20+16)/9= exactly 20 ppg. 

But that calculation takes into account 28 points against South Carolina,  7 against Ole Miss,  7 against Mississippi State, 7 against Vanderbilt and 7 against Florida that the Defense was not even on the field. 

A more accurate calculation to find scoring defense would be:

(35+17+0+7+3+12+21+13+16)/9= approx. 13.77 ppg. 

If the defense continues to give up around 13 points a game, Georgia is going to have a great season.  13 ppg is lower than any ppg average the defense gave up during the Van Gorder era.   The 16 points scored by the NM State Aggies was the most that points scored soley on the defense since the Vanderbilt game, and Saturday was only the third time all season the opposing team did not get freebie points from speacial teams or offense. About 25% of the points scored against UGA this season the defense has not been accountable for.  And let’s be honest, the point scored by the Aggies came against the reserves.

UGA’s defense has only given up 8 defensive touchdowns in its last 6 games.  One came on a trick play and another came with two and a half minutes left in the Tennessee game.  Another came from a trick play versus Vandy.  Another came from blown coverage on 4th and 19 against Florida (thier only offensive TD).  This may not have been the top teams in the SEC,  but we have a been shutting down teams and they have been unable to move the ball on the UGA defense.   What was so astoninshing is the 2nd half play of the defense.   Teams have scored on big plays.  Rarely has a team been able to drive the length of the field and score a TD against the UGA defense.

The UGA defense has playmakers all over the field.  The talent on that side of the ball is the best its been in 7 years.  Jarvis Jones is awesome.

What Georgia’s defense did to the Gators is comparable to what Alabama and LSU did. 

And this has been without Alec Ogletree most of the time and Christian Robinson a significant amount of time.  The second half of the Florida game, the UGA Defense had its full contingent for truly the first time all season.  The result for Florida?  32 yards, 3 points and one first down. 

I have been saying it for weeks here every Monday folks.  The UGA defense is elite.

Corbindawg

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6 Responses to “A Closer Look At The UGA Defense”


  1. 1 Stephen November 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm

    I agree. I would contend that 13 of the 16 given up against New Mexico State should be excluded because it came against our 2nd & 3rd string defense.

    If you back that out, based on your numbers above the ppg avg dips to 12.3. I call that absurd, in a good way.

    Suwanee Dawg

  2. 2 RedGuy007 November 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    Then again, the defense have up 80 points against ranked teams, 196 yards rushing there, and not great in total defense there either. True, against teams like 3-6 New Mexico State, the def stats have bene spiked a bit, but against ranekd teams, middle of the road. Auburn & Ga Tech will boith score 30 and put up 400 yards. Will blow those stats to smithereens.

    • 3 Jim November 7, 2011 at 5:19 pm

      Well, I guess we will see, RG007. I rather doubt your prediction but would be glad to humbly apologize if you are right. I think UGA is on a mission vs Auburn considering Nick Fairley’s antics last year. I expect any # of UA’s players to have a big target on their backs on Saturday. I don’t want dirty play but I want UGA to drive them into the ground and make it hurt.

      As for Tech, their offense is successful partly because no one plays against it all year until they play Tech. Somehow, I think GT will find the going much tougher than usual. Of course, with GT, you just know they are going to lose regardless.

    • 4 Sanford222View November 9, 2011 at 10:55 am

      How are you getting 80 points against ranked teams? 35 for BSU + 45 for SC? 28 of the SC points were the offense or ST’s fault. 21 of the points the defense wasn’t even on the field.

      BTW…every teams defensive stats are worse against ranked teams and every teams defensive stats are padded with lower level competition. I also realize every team has ST and offensive turnover points counted against them but UGA has had more than usual this season than most teams do.

      I would also add that UGA played Florida with Brantley for a full game and had comparable stats against them as those of Bama and LSU who only faced Brantley for a portion of the game or not at all. 3 points, 32 yards, and 1 first down in the second half of a close game speak volumes.

  3. 5 DoesGraniteEverContributetoThisBlogAnymore? November 7, 2011 at 8:21 pm

    I get your point, Corbin, that the UGA defense is the best one in a while. It is also the first time in a long time where I feel like they will actually make a play when needed, rather than blow it. See the turnover on the UGA 13 at Jacksonville that turned into a punt for an illustration. I do, however, question your math a bit. If you are going to remove all of the scores that weren’t on the defense and use that to imply it is a better defense than Van Gorder’s, you need to calculate his the same way. Those defenses played some stong teams, and I can’t take what they achieved away from them. But, I agree, this one has a lot of potential and has me excited about the Dawgs for the first time in years.


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