We’ll head into the weekend with fingers crossed for a must win in Nashville and some quick reads of interest.
First up, College Football News’ Pete Fiutak tries to answer the question: Could the 1980 Georgia Bulldogs play with the top teams of today? Or could any of the best teams of all-time challenge for the national title in today’s game?
Says Fiutak: “Older fans like to think that the teams they grew up loving and cheering for were special, and in their time, they were. But no, the most talented teams of the past wouldn’t stand a chance in today’s college football world. Yeah, some of the great national champions that were full of NFL talent could be competitive and could get to a bowl, but they’d get destroyed by the big-time programs of today.
“The biggest player on the offensive line of the 1980 national champion Georgia Bulldogs was 6-3 and 260 pounds. Nebraska DT Ndamukong Suh is 6-4, 300 pounds and is as fast as any of the 1980 Georgia safeties. You think a 245-pound linemen could slow him down? Florida’s defensive end tandem of Carlos Dunlap (6-6, 290) and Jermaine Cunningham (6-3, 252) would blow into the backfield on every play and sit on Buck Belue’s curly head. With today’s scouting, training, and advancements in player development, there’s no way any national champion before around 1990 could hang around with the top teams of today.”
DOGS RANK LOW IN THIEVERY
MrSEC.com has updated the SEC defensive thievery stats, which show you not just each team’s total takeaways, but how often — in terms of actual snaps — a defense has forced a turnover from its opponent.
In first place is Alabama, which through six games has played 358 plays on defense and had 13 takeaways, which averages to a takeaway every 27.53 plays. Vandy ranks second, having gotten 14 takeaways in 418 defensive plays, or one every 29.85 plays.
Georgia, as you probably guessed, is in last place in the conference, with five takeaways in 410 defensive plays, or one every 82 plays.
BY THE NUMBERS
Georgiadogs.com’s Dave McMahon has up his latest collection of UGA sports statistics, including an item noting that on Saturday Georgia will try to post win No. 50 all-time against the Commodores.
To date, the Dogs’ all-time most wins against an opponent is 59 over Georgia Tech, followed by 51 over Auburn, 49 over Vanderbilt and Kentucky, 47 over Florida and 46 over South Carolina.