Originally Posted by Goofyboy
Stats provide information to be processed. They don't give accurate answers, because they are compiled in different contexts. The info you provided clearly highlight a contributing factor in both of our losses, but a minor one in the loss to Georgia (that was defense) and a major one at Tennessee (largely offense). In this year's SEC, you'd better bring a top 20 defense - teams are piling up points (except Fla and Ky). The reason we have 2 losses is the lack of games where we played a solid (not perfect) 60 minutes on both sides of the ball and on special teams ala Arkansas. We have to put it all together against good teams. Even with a sub-par offensive performance against Tenn, we win with a solid special teams performance (no shanked punt, no crap penalties on returns, no missed FG). All three squads have had letdowns. All three have had good games. We need to be consistent, execute well, and avoid mental mistakes on all teams.
i agree but turnover margin and field position were also against us at uga.
uga was one of the best offensive teams in the country at that point in the year and their qb played the best game of his life.
remember defensive ability isn't the only thing that affects defense - the same way running a very high tempo offense can make your own defense look worse, having very bad special teams and turnovers makes your defense look worse.
maybe if we don't turn the ball over, maybe if we actually put the defense in favorable spots in terms of field position...the defense is a little less exasperated. Who knows, but I know what i'd complain about most and it wouldn't be giving up 132 yds and 1 TD on 30 carries to one of the best RBs in the country.