It’s too early, probably, but I checked out the NCAA stats on Monday. Two things jumped out:
– 1. Among major-college teams that have played two games, Georgia ranks next-to-last in turnover margin.
The Bulldogs are minus-5, meaning they have lost five more turnovers than they have gained (6-1), and only one team has a worse turnover margin through two games, Virginia at minus-6.
Georgia lost the turnover battle 3-0 against Oklahoma State -– and lost the game 24-10. Georgia lost the turnover battle 3-1 against South Carolina –- but won the game 41-37. The six Georgia turnovers in the two games have led to 26 opposition points, or 23 more points than the Dogs have gotten off their opponents’ lone turnover.
– 2. Georgia is back in familiar territory in penalty stats, which is to say near the bottom. The Dogs currently rank 108th among the 120 major-college teams in yards penalized per game.
Through two games, Georgia has been penalized an average of 83 yards per game — 108 yards (on 13 penalties) vs. South Carolina after 58 yards (on 7 penalties) vs. Oklahoma State.
The average per game is actually higher than last year, when the Bulldogs finished the season with an average of 72.2 penalty yards per game, which ranked 115th among major-college teams.
It’s just a two-game sample, yes, but these two stats surely set off some alarms.