This is kind of like an addendum to TKK's Too Much Info post (and I hope I am not taking his material) , but I enjoy looking at the stats of our next opponent and comparing them to common opponents to look at the "Tale of the Tape" so to say. Needless to say when I place the statistical results of Georgia's and LSU common efforts against the 6 common teams we faced I was very surprised in the results. I was fully expecting to see LSU with a slight edge on the offensive side of the ball and to dominate the stats on the defensive side. Well as you can see by the chart...My eyes opened a little bit.
I was surprised at the overall even balance of the total stats, but what shocked me was that Georgia had the better defensive effort. Yes the average score of our common opponents tell a different story, LSU averaged a score of 38.3 - 7.3, while Georgia closed out in a closer fashion of 26.5 - 12 (the total combined scores were LSU 230 - Opp 44; UGA 159 - Opp 72) but let's be a little more realistic here, we all complained of how Bobo tended to take his foot of the pedal and turn it over to the Defense. And let's also no forget that LSU faced lesser talent in the games against Florida, Tennessee, and Ole Miss (Brantley vs. Brissett, Bray vs. Simms and Mickey vs. Brunetti).
I will not repeat the results of the charts above, just tell you that the leading team is shaded in yellow and that the LSU/UGA columns are generally an offensive compilation while the Opponents column reflects the defensive effort (for example Georgia recorded more first downs than LSU against common opponents and allowed fewer while LSU was better in the passing game on both sides of the ball). Digest the stats and see if you don't agree that if the DAWGS that played Auburn arrive in the Dome this Saturday it will be should be a really SWEET SATURDAY , whereas if it is the Dawgs that showed against Kentucky there may not be enough Jack Daniels in Georgia to satisfy my needs.