There are a few things which the 2011 edition of the University of Georgia's offense does not do very well. It does not generate plays of longer than 30 yards very frequently, it is not particulalry good in the red zone, and it does not score very often on running plays. It's yards on a typical rushing attempt, and the instances where it is tackled for a loss or sacked are about average. That's about it.
|2011 University of Georgia Offensive Production||SEC Games||SEC Rank (SEC Games Only)||All Games||SEC Rank (All Games)|
|Passing TD's per game||2.43||1||2.90||1|
|1st downs per game||23.30||1||22.80||1|
|Total plays per game||73.57||1||72.80||1|
|Time of possession||35:21:00||1||33:46:00||1|
|Yards per game||416.70||1||438.70||2|
|Field goal attempts per game||3.10||1||2.40||2|
|Plays +10 yards per game||16.57||1||16.30||2|
|Pass yards per game||231.70||2||250.30||3|
|Field goals per game||1.90||2||1.40||3|
|3rd down conversions||0.45||2||0.45||3|
|4th down conversions||0.88||2||0.63||5|
|Turnovers lost per game||1.57||3||1.40||2|
|Plays +20 yards per game||4.14||3||4.70||3|
|Points per game||30.70||4||35.80||3|
|Rush yards per game||185.00||4||188.40||4|
|Sacks allowed per game||2.00||5||2.10||6|
|Tackles for loss allowed per game||6.43||6||5.70||5|
|Rush yards per carry||4.06||6||4.33||7|
|Red zone scoring percentage||81.25||7||81.25||8|
|Red zone touchdown percentage||53.13||8||0.61||6|
|Rushing TD's per game||1.00||8||1.50||7|
|Plays +30 yards per game||1.14||9||3.40||5|
The chart above shows the 2011 Georgia offensive production and SEC rankings in all games and in conference games. Against conference opponents, the GNB is the best or second best offense in the league in yards per game, first downs per game, total plays per game passing touchdowns per game, time of possession, passing yards per game, passer rating, and plays of greater than 10 yards. The Dawgs are fourth in the SEC in scoring offense despite missing 11 field goals in seven conference games. Only two teams turned the ball over less frequently in the SEC and those teams have run 10% and 15% fewer plays than UGA.
While Georgia has not played the two best defenses in the conference in LSU and Alabama, they have had success against good defenses, notably:
|Opponent||Yards Per Game Allowed||Yards Allowed vs. UGA||National Rank|
Of these defenses, only Mississippi State had a better than average day against UGA.
We all joke about Carlton Thomas up the middle, first and bomb, taking the foot off the gas and have questioned countless other decisions by our offensive coordinator. However, with two games to go in the regular season and eight games removed from our last loss, the evidence of offensive competence is becoming difficult to ignore and the dream of offensive dominance hard to suppress. Mark Richt was rightly criticized for the results of the 2008 through 2010 seasons, but the win over Auburn ended the speculation about Mark Richt's job security. Mike Bobo's offense played no small part in the challenges of those difficult seasons, but based on his offense's performance in 2011, the Bulldawg nation should give him the same vote of confidence.