For once I actually find myself in a position to share some thoughts regarding the game that was in Athens. In no particular order, my musings are these:
- Georgia won everything that needed winning. Really every statistical category that normally points to victory skewed in favor of the red and black, and it generally wasn't even close. About the best Auburn could point to was only losing the turnover battle 3 to 2.Third down efficiency wasn't even close (80% to 27%). Georgia amassed 304 rushing yards to Auburn's 51, most of which came after the game wasn't really in doubt. Perhaps worst of all was the time of possession disparity. Georgia had the ball for 40:55, Auburn for 19:05. That's not just unusual, it's it's nearly unheard of in this series.
- And that time of possession difference was not just academic. Gus Malzahn's offense likes to wear defenses down by running tons of plays and controlling the pace of the game. But it's pretty hard to wear a defense down when they spend less than 33% of the game on the field.
- About the only battle we lost was in the penalty column. Georgia was penalized 8 times for 60 yards, Auburn 3 times for 14. That's not a great number, but into every life a little rain must fall right?