First, let’s share this year’s team defensive stats. You’ll notice a stark contrast in how the team performed on defense a season ago.
Teams played: Buffalo, Missouri, Florida Atlantic, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and South Carolina
National defensive rankings
Total Defense –
This year: 53rd – 373.8 yards allowed per game
Last year: 5th – 277.2 yards allowed per game
Defense is allowing 96.6 yards more per game this year
Rushing Defense –
This year: 71st – 161.5 yards allowed per game
Last year: 11th – 101.2 yards allowed per game
Defense is allowing 60.3 more rushing yards per game this year
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Passing Defense –
This year: 44th – 212.3 yards allowed per game
Last year: 10th – 176.0 yards allowed per game
Defense is allowing 36.3 more passing yards per game this year
Scoring Defense -
This year: 53rd – 24.2 points per game allowed
Last year: 23rd – 20.6 points per game allowed
NOTES: Florida Atlantic has the 2nd-worst (123rd out of 124) scoring offense in the country (13 PPG), while Vanderbilt is the 21st-worst <103rd best> (21.2 PPG). Buffalo is 72nd best (26.8), Missouri is 81st best (25.3 PPG). Tennessee is 20th best (39.4 PPG) and South Carolina is 32nd best (36.3 PPG).
Georgia's record against Top 25 teams since start of 2010 season: 2-8 (wins against Auburn and GT in 2011)
Record against Top 10 teams since start of 2010 season: 0-4
Record against Top 25 teams since start of 2008 season: 6-14
Record against Top 10 teams since start of 2008 season: 1-9 (win against GT in 2009)
Record vs. Teams that finished ranked since 2008 – 2-16 (beat Michigan State is 2008 Capital One bowl and Georgia Tech in 2009)
Records vs. SEC Teams that finished ranked since 2008 – 0-11
Last 10 games against teams that finished ranked: 0-10
When is the last time Georgia beat a very good team?
They lost to South Carolina this season. The Gamecocks are now 6-0. The five wins for UGA this season are against five teams with a combined record of 10-16.
In 2011, Georgia was 10-4. They lost to Boise State, South Carolina, LSU and Michigan State. Those four teams were a combined 47-7. The 10 teams UGA beat had a combined record of 59-66. There were two opponents that finished with eight wins. Georgia didn’t beat a team that won nine or more games all season.
In 2010, Georgia was 6-7. They got beat by Mississippi State (9-4) and Colorado (5-7) and lost to UCF (11-3) by the score of 10-6. The six wins were against six losing teams. The combined record of the six opponents UGA beat was 24-50.
In 2009, Georgia was 8-5. The eight teams they beat had a combined record of 52-49. The only team of the eight that had more than eight wins was Georgia Tech, and they beat GT 30-24. That is the last time Georgia beat a team that finished with more than eight wins.
In 2008, Georgia was 10-3. The 10 teams they beat had a combined record of 67-58. The only team of the 10 that had more than eight wins was Michigan State, and they beat the then 9-3 Spartans in the Capital One Bowl 24-12. Georgia lost to Alabama (41-30), Florida (49-10) and to GT (45-42).
So since 2008, the teams Georgia has defeated have a combined record of 212-239 (.470).
In 2007, Georgia was 11-2. They lost to South Carolina (16-12) and were blown out at Tennessee (35-14). Georgia beat Florida (42-30) in the end zone dance game.
Since 2008, Georgia has defeated only two teams that finished the season with more than eight wins – in 2008 against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl and in 2009 against Georgia Tech.
So the last time Georgia beat a good team was on November 28, 2009 against Georgia Tech.
The last time Georgia beat a team with more than nine wins was the 2008 Sugar Bowl (2007 season) when they beat Hawaii, who was 12-0 at the time. Georgia won 41-10.
The last time Georgia beat a SEC team that had double-digit wins was November 11, 2006 when they beat Auburn on the road 37-15.
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