alternate headline: man does job
I decided to create the companion diary to “When We Went To The Air” because it might be interesting to show the “behavior” of our rushing offense this season. Although the results are something the MGoCommunity may not find shocking, they are intriguing when presented in this fashion, I believe.
Average yards per carry (YPC) managed to stay fairly steady throughout the season. Indeed, after Alabama, we showed very little variance in this statistic with each game. The average moved in a range between 5.6 and 5.0 yards per carry, but the game-by-game performance, as you will note, was far more erratic. In games where our YPC was above the current average at that time, we were 5-0, but when we were at or below the average, we were 3-4 (include Alabama as “at average”).
It should be noted that all three of those wins where our YPC was at or below average were games which Gardner started as well, so the implicit message is something that someone pointed out in the previous diary quite succinctly and something that is likely not going to shock anyone – when Denard Robinson was not moving on the ground, we were having issues.
A similar story can be told for net yards as well – when we were producing more than the current average, we were also 5-0, and when we weren’t, we were 3-4 overall (again, including Alabama as “at average”). You will also see in this chart the effect post-Nebraska, which is again not news but very interesting to see in this format. We did not fully recover and we took until Iowa to get back to the season average as of that time.
I also looked at total carries versus the cumulative average, and this one was interesting to me, and hopefully to the board as well. It was a subtle shift, but we end up 5-1 when going to the rushing game at a rate above the average, and 3-3 when we went to the ground at or below the average number of times.
I tried to find as well a way to get a glimpse of offensive line play statistically, which is sometimes difficult, I think. I decided to look at net yards as a percentage of gained yards, because it seems to me that this would show us – at least a little – how the offensive line was performing on rushes, and yet again, the split is 5-0 / 3-4 for above cumulative average versus at or below it.
So, to tie the two diaries together (hopefully) for a moment…
I gave the same treatment to total offense, and it was something of a feast-or-famine proposition this year. When the offense was above its running average, we were 7-0, and when it was not, we were 1-4. That sole win in the latter group is actually the win against Michigan State. Further, I also charted the percentage split between passing and rushing for both cumulative season totals as well as individual games, just to see what and where the balance might be, if any.
Any thoughts out there on possible position switches in this class? There seems to be a lot of commits that could have the "ATH" label. Dymonte shows great RB skills in his highlight films, Jourdan Lewis as a WR, and Wyatt Shallaman seems like a possibility too.
couple of recent posts, one very applicable to the football season (turf toe) , and part 1 of a two-part post on patellar dislocations. Thanks again for reading, and I'll continue to take into consideration any suggestions for topics people might be interested in.
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Like Brian's title says, though, at least everyone's not Auburn.
UGA President goes on record to state the impending reality - there will be four major football conferences (and one of them is the SEC). Which are the three other major football conferences in order of rank? B1G, Big 12, PAC 12, ACC, or Big East?
“I think effectively there are about four major football conferences right now,” University of Georgia president Michael Adams said. Adams said the four included the SEC, but he declined to say what the other major conferences were.
“I think there are some conferences that have devalued themselves in the whole process,” [and] “I don’t think the SEC is one of them.”
The SEC has no further expansion plans, Adams said, “that I know of.”
[Source: WSJ 11/28/12]