Regular Season Summation
Thanks for reading, and I will post again in 2014 before the bowl game.
Top scoring offense in SEC, setting school regular season scoring record for 3rd consecutive season. Top rushing offense in SEC in total yardage, touchdowns and yards per carry. Quarterback led SEC in completion percentage and is on pace for UGA career record. Top pass defense in SEC. Scoring margin double that of opposition. Led SEC in turnover margin. Above average special teams after a horrid performance in 2013. Third best conference record, one game back from East and West champs (MIZZOU/BAMA, both 7-1). Defeated each team which beat UGA in regular season in 2013 (Clemson, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Auburn) and undefeated in home SEC games. Probable SEC Freshman of the Year: Nick Chubb (overall and offense) and Isaiah McKenzie (special teams). SEC Offensive Coordinator of the Year candidate: Mike Bobo.
3-1 in each third of season, matching Richt’s 75% win average during longest SEC tenure (14th year). Longest bowl streak in SEC extended.
Lost to South Carolina for 4th time in 5 games and horrible record versus Steve Spurrier coached teams. Just .500 record (1-1) versus ACC rivals for 2nd consecutive season. Blowout loss to Florida emphasized fact that 50% of UGA total wins at World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party in the modern era (6) were by an Aaron Murray quarterbacked team. No Florida coach (4) winless in career versus UGA (since 1990). Most Top 20 wins (3) in all of college football.
12-2 vs Tech (1-1 past 2)
7-2 vs Auburn (1-1 past 2)
3-1 vs Florida (1-1 past 2)
5-0 vs Tennessee (series even)
2-1 vs Missouri (2 East titles)
1-4 vs S Carolina (1-1 past 2)
7-1 vs Clemson (off schedule)
1-2 vs Big 3 traditional rivals in 2014 and 1-1 versus our next two biggest rivals (Carolina/Tennessee). While we have too many good rivals out there to expect to go undefeated, 2-3 in those 5 annual rivalries while ceding the East to Missouri for a 2nd consecutive season is an epic fail.
UGA was unprepared and appeared umotivated to physically play well in Florida. After the Carolina game, Richt said, “I wish I’d hammered it” and after Tech, “I wish I’d kicked it deep.” …But, Coach, you didn’t!
– I projected UGA to lose at Carolina and win out otherwise, led by Todd Gurley. Though Chubb has been a nice revelation, I stand by this pick as what probably would have happened if Gurley was simply not suspended. Though he ended up injured, the emotional toll of playing without our best player (Heisman Trophy frontrunner at suspension) and then playing catchup in the East to a team we beat on the road 34-0 can simply not be minimized. The suspension was huge and cost us a very realistic shot at a national championship.