We have one game left in the 2022 regular season. Georgia is the No. 1 soccer team in the country, they are unbeaten and 37.0 point favorites in their last home game on Saturday afternoon against Georgia Tech.
Despite being the best team in college football, they are not without flaws, especially on offense. Georgia have shown a propensity to turn football, having turned the ball 15 times this season, all of which have come in their last eight football games.
Turnovers are one thing, but they also lead the nation in redzone field goals, a stat they’ve held since the second game of the year when they settled for four redzone field goals in a contest. Stalling in the 20s was an issue for this offense, but entering the red zone was not.
Her 61 redzone trips lead all of college football, it wasn’t about moving the ball, it was about leaving at six, not three. The Redzone “ailments,” if you will, were addressed by Kirby Smart during his press conference on Monday.
“You know, we worked really hard on it. It was one of our big things to come in. We had actually moved – we started very slowly in this area, aggressively. And we moved into our twenties and we sneaked up. And it got really good and then last week we took a step back. And the level of concern is execution. It’s not like you can say it’s a thing or, oh, you’ve got a problem here. No, you didn’t do that right. And any game we can point to and say we’ve got a bug here. And if you make a mistake here, we don’t execute. You play a good defense, they benefit from you. And you know, the percentages of our defensive red zone teams were really, really special. We stopped a lot of people. And we compete all off-season. You can see our boys leave. We do it every week, every Wednesday we go out and do it. So it was a focus for us. But it’s one of those things that we need to keep working on and getting better at.”
In case you think it’s something he and his staff haven’t closely tracked and analyzed, Smart was well aware of their tendency to settle for a chip shot of Jack Podlesny.
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For Smart, it was a matter of execution across the board in the red zone. The games in which Georgia’s players have consistently performed their redzone duties are the games in which they have succeeded.
For Stetson Bennett, it’s about running the football at a higher clip. When asked what the key to a successful redzone offense is, Bennett was quick to reply, “Great redzone offenses can lead football successfully.” That was something Georgia obviously struggled with on Saturday against Kentucky when it was on the 4th place on a goal-line stand appeared.
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