The #1 ranked Georgia Bulldogs (9-0) are set to battle their oldest rival this Saturday in Auburn. In a game that is nationally relevant, one stat could be telling.
You might’ve heard that there is a football game being played Saturday down in Auburn, Alabama. The number 1 team in all of college football, the undefeated Georgia Bulldogs, hit the road to face the number 10 ranked Tigers. While this old-school slobber-knocker looks to be an instant classic in the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, and there are many keys to victory for both schools, one stat might be the leading indicator of winning.
Both teams come into this game with an Offense led by a first year QB at their respective schools. They both enter this game with vaunted and successful run games and RBs that will play on Sunday. Both feature fierce “Front 7” on defense, with sometimes erratic Secondary play. These teams look to be equally yoked, for the most part.
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But there is stat that jumps out when stumbled upon. The kind of stat that quietly tells a story, if you are still enough to listen and comprehend. The Georgia Bulldogs, in the 9 games played this year, have only allowed 6 points in the 3rd quarter. That’s right. The Dawg Defense has only allowed 6 points in the 3rd quarter all season. Three points to Notre Dame. Three points to South Carolina.
Aside from the astronomically ridiculous notion that a Defense could do that over nine games, this stat is amplified by the fact that UGA is usually up at halftime. With these two facts combined, it usually means that Georgia goes into the 4th quarter with a lead.
Lots of folks point out, and rightfully so, that we need to see how Fromm and the Dawgs will do in a dog fight, heavy-weight match-up that goes deep into the 4th quarter. One of the reasons we haven’t seen that this year is that Georgia has been so dominant in the 3rd quarter. Six points all year.
Look to this trend as a fortune-telling indicator of what may be happening in real time. If the Dawgs go into halftime tied or with the lead, and this 3rd quarter dominance continues, mark it down. UGA wins.
If Auburn scores touchdowns in the all important 3rd quarter, this game is already different than any Georgia has played this year.
Six points all year. Ridiculous.