Comparing the 2003 and 2018 Seasons
Now I know there is a collective eye roll among a lot of people in the forum because many of us are fairly level headed and trust in Kirby. Yet, the masses as of late seem to be questioning him and continuously bringing up how Kirby has the same win totals as Richt and so on. So, since I am bored out of my mind working a night shift, I thought I'd dive into the two seasons and compare the information we have so far.
In 2003, Georgia finished with an 11-3 record. They beat 3 ranked teams (one in post season - and only 2 ranked at end of season via the BCS) and lost to 3 ranked teams (@#11 LSU, #23 Florida, #3 LSU). They won against 5 bowl eligible teams (Clemson, Tennessee, Auburn, Georgia Tech, and post season Purdue). Average margin of victory in all wins: 18.2 pts per game. In wins vs bowl eligible teams: 20 pts per game.
In 2018, Georgia is at a 11-2 record. They have beaten 4 ranked teams (3 currently ranked and then a possible 5th ranked team in Texas waiting) and lost to 2 (@#13 LSU and #1 Alabama). They have beaten 8 bowl eligible teams (South Carolina, Middle Tennessee State, Missouri, Vanderbilt, Florida, Kentucky, Auburn, and Georgia Tech - and still have Texas to face to make it possibly 9). To add to this, Purdue in 2003 was the 3rd best team in their conference while Texas is the second best this season. Average margin of victory in all wins: 26.8 pts per game. In wins vs bowl eligible teams: 23.1 pts per game.
Basically, despite having a far harder schedule, Kirby Smart has won by more points overall despite letting off the gas many times at the start of the 3rd quarter against fairly competent teams. Richt got to the SEC Championship in 2003 with the help of a pretty manageable schedule while Kirby made it through despite a tough schedule.