NEOSI have identified the keys to an Ohio State victory . By the numbers, here’s what you need to know for the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl tonight on ESPN between these two college football giants!
By the numbers:
Only one time has Georgia and Ohio State met. It was in 1993 in the Citrus Bowl, won by Georgia, 21-14.
1993 vs. Ohio State
The Bulldogs defeated @KirkHerbstreit and the Buckeyes, 21-14, in the Florida Citrus Bowl. All-American Garrison Hearst rushed for 2 TDs and was named the game’s MVP. #GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/zrTMHYVC0Q
— UGA Rewind (@UGARewind) December 29, 2022
Kirk, what happened?
2 consensus All-Americans for each team. Marvin Harrison, JR and Paris Johnson Jr. for the Buckeyes. Jalen Carter and Christopher Smith for the Bulldogs.
Check out my letter to Buckeye Nation with The @PlayersTribune !https://t.co/TGEPezlVC3
— Paris Johnson Jr. (@ParisJohnsonJr) December 29, 2022
2 CFP appearances for Georgia and Ohio State in title game.
In 2017 Georgia lost to Alabama, and in 2021 they beat the Crimson Tide. OSU won the first playoff in 2014 and lost to Alabama in 2020.
2 – 11. That’s OSU’s record for bowl games versus SEC opponents. Yikes!
Remember this gem from 2008 versus Florida in the BCS Title game?
Three is the magic number!
Arizona and Washington joined OSU as the three teams that entered the bowl season with two 1,000-yard receivers. Emeka Egbuka has 66 receptions for 1,039 yards and nine TDs, and Marvin Harrison Jr. has 72 receptions for 1,157 yards and 12 TDs for the Buckeyes.
Unbelievably, three 500-yard rushers will suit up for Georgia AND Ohio State. For the Bulldogs, Kenny McIntosh has 709 yards and 10 TDs on 137 carries, Daijun Edwards has 681 yards and seven TDs on 127 carries and Kendall Milton has 533 yards and six TDs on 72 carries.
Miyan Williams has 817/13 TDs on 125 carries. TreVeyon Henderson 571/6 on 107 carries and Dallan Hayden has 510/5 TDs on 102 carries round out the group.
Nine times Ohio State have scored at least 43 points, the most in the nation this season. Ohio State is one of the 17 teams in the history of college football that have had nine games of 43 or more points. More amazingly, they are the first Big Ten team ever to accomplish this.
Eleven victories and four losses against Big Ten opponents for Georgia. The Bulldogs have a 10-2 record against Big Ten opponents in bowls. Georgia’s most recent game against a Big Ten opponent was last year’s 34-11 victory over Michigan in the Orange Bowl on their way to a national championship.
Game over – Georgia Beats Michigan By 23 – (34 – 11) To Win The 2021 Orange Bowl & 2nd National Semifinal Game – Their 33rd Bowl Win In Bulldog Team History & They Will Play Their 2nd CFB National Championship Game In 5 Seasons & Will Go Against Alabama pic.twitter.com/dhuliZhpNt
— MM w/ Team Manager (@mmbroadway01) January 1, 2022
Others – Credit to Mark Inabinett
12.8 points yielded by Georgia in 2022. That’s the second lowest in the nation!
Column: The beautiful brutality of Georgia football. The Bulldogs are bigger, tougher and meaner than anyone else, which is how they’ve won 15 straight and could repeat as champions.
“If (players) don’t like contact, Georgia’s not the place for them.”https://t.co/cdxnMoojY6
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) December 29, 2022
44.5 Points per game have been scored by Ohio State in 2022, the second-highest scoring average in the nation entering the bowl season. Only Tennessee was higher!
73 Consecutive Ohio State games have featured at least 20 points for the Buckeyes, which is the longest such streak in major-college football history. Ohio State has scored at least 20 points in every game since a 31-16 loss to Oklahoma on Sept. 9, 2017. Ohio State broke the record on Nov. 5 in a 21-7 victory over Northwestern.
76.9 Rushing yards per game have been allowed by Georgia in 2022, the lowest average in the nation entering the bowl season. The Bulldogs’ opponents have averaged 2.9 yards per carry, with 1,001 yards and five TDs on 341 rushing attempts. Ohio State’s offense has averaged 198.5 rushing yards per game while averaging 5.5 yards per carry.
97.2 Percent of Georgia’s red-zone possessions have resulted in points for the Bulldogs in 2022, the best rate in the nation entering the bowl season. Georgia has scored 69 times – 48 TDs and 21 field goals – on 71 possessions inside its opponent’s 20-yard line. This will be a key stat tonight.
176.25 CJ Stroud has the highest passing-efficiency rating in the nation entering the bowl season. Stroud has completed 235-of-355 passes for 3,340 yards with 37 TDs and six interceptions. Don’t say this man isn’t a franchise NFL QB!
We’re coming… @CJ7STROUD pic.twitter.com/6FduOXl9vT
— Barstool Ohio State (@BarstoolOSU) December 30, 2022
215.1 Yards Georgia gives up via the air. This could be because they get early leads and teams have to throw. But should merit watching with Ohio State’s passing game!
294.2 Yards the Buckeyes amass through the air! (See 215.1!) LSU and Florida had some success via this route. Could be a key!
Let’s see what numbers these two programs put up tonight!
Thanks to NCAA.com and specifically, Mark Inabinett, the stats man with AL.com, for many of these numbers!
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