Boise State game is good for Georgia but difficult for Richt

Mark Richt's team will start next season with two difficult opponents: Boise State and South Carolina. (AP photo)

Mark Richt's team will start next season with two difficult opponents: Boise State and South Carolina. (AP photo)

(UPDATED: 5:45 p.m.)

Let’s assume for a moment that, Georgia’s 5-6 record notwithstanding, Mark Richt will be back next season as the Bulldogs’ coach. That seems like the most likely scenario for two reasons: 1) Georgia can still finish with a winning (albeit mediocre) record of 7-6 this season with wins over Georgia Tech and a consolation bowl opponent; 2) athletic director Greg McGarity isn’t one to rush major decisions and may lean toward another year of program evaluation.

But this much we know: Richt’s job next season just got more difficult.

Georgia will play in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game against Boise State in the Georgia Dome. As season openers go, this is far closer to playing Oklahoma State in Stillwater (a loss in 2009) than it is facing Louisiana-Lafayette in Athens (a win this year).

The first two opponents of next season now look like this: Boise State (currently 9-0, No. 4 in the BCS) and South Carolina (7-3 and headed to the SEC title game). A strong start is imperative for Richt given the downward trend the last two seasons (13-11 overall, 7-9 in the SEC) and the likely loss of wide receiver A.J. Green to the NFL.

Adding Boise State means subtracting Louisville. While it’s difficult to project a team’s strength from year to year — consider Auburn, Florida, Mississippi State and even Alabama in the SEC this season — recent history tells us something about the strength of a program. Boise State: really good.

The Broncos are 9-0 this season, ranked No. 3 by the AP, No. 4 by the BCS and could wind up in the national championship game. They finished fourth in the AP in 2009, 11th in 2008 and fifth in 2006. (They were 10-1 in 2007 until closing with losses to Hawaii and East Carolina.) You can criticize their soft schedule, and some of that is warranted. But when a team goes 35-1 since 2008, it says something about the program. Chris Peterson is one of the top coaches in the country.

Conversely, Louisville (5-5) will finish unranked for the fourth straight year. The Cardinals were sixth in 2006.

This game is great for the Dogs’ program as a whole. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff has become a premier event with great national exposure, and that can only help in recruiting. As McGarity said on a conference call, “This is a game the University of Georgia has never played in and we felt it was important to be on a national stage.”

He also said Richt was “very excited. He wanted to make it work.”

But the coach’s job next season just got a little  more difficult.

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Sonny Clusters

November 19th, 2010
5:06 pm

Police have sketch
of preschool shooter – ajc

must be a tiny little sketch

Sonny Clusters

November 19th, 2010
5:07 pm

Boise State . . . and follow it up with Charleston Southern. Sure makes Georgia look like a bunch of sissies.

Sonny Clusters

November 19th, 2010
5:08 pm

Only Clusters blogging on here right now.

Sonny Clusters

November 19th, 2010
5:08 pm

Clusters out.

BullDawg Bob

November 19th, 2010
5:09 pm

Funny that the DAWGS agreed to this game the year after BSU loses like 20 seniors.

Thats the way the SEC works.

Greg

November 19th, 2010
5:10 pm

Looks like Chris Petersen will be auditioning for his new job in Athens in 2012

bkbroila4224

November 19th, 2010
5:11 pm

LOL…go get those sonny clusters burnt off your weenie…you are a moron!!!

Dawgbreath

November 19th, 2010
5:13 pm

southern bell

November 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

UGA will beat Boise easily with out Boise’s 20 seniors this year.

spider

November 19th, 2010
5:14 pm

boise st joins the mountain west next year, their toughest games next year will be TCU and SDSU AZTECS, not the georgia bulldogs

Garnes

November 19th, 2010
5:15 pm

I love it!!! UGA will whoop the sh*t out of Boise yet again!!!!

OkefenokeeDawg

November 19th, 2010
5:15 pm

Jeff, Richt may be coaching Colorado in 2011.

Worm

November 19th, 2010
5:15 pm

Hopefully, this will help recruiting..Crowell, this could be your coming out party!

southern bell

November 19th, 2010
5:16 pm

Boise State is going to go back to being nothing for the next couple of years.

Fire BOBO

November 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

kral

November 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

Well bebo a louie dog that’s exactly how it works.Let’s see GA saw that BS wa losing 20 seniors and then called the CHIK and said hey schedule them.. Yeah that exactly how this went down.. You don’t know shinola ..Jeffie,I think it offers a great opp.

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2010
5:18 pm

BullDawg Bob – They lose, like 9 seniors off the 2-deep.

Posted previously by me on another blog today:
This season, Boise St. had 20 of 22 starters returning. Looks like they’ll have 13 of 22 returning next year.

Boise St. Seniors on today’s depth chart:

Starters
————
WR Pettis
WR Young
RG Lawrence
RT Slater

DE Winterswyk
LB Acrey
S Johnson
RV Venable
CB Thomson

PK/P Brotzman

Backups
————-
QB Coughlin
LB Mackey (3rd team)

hahaha!!!!

November 19th, 2010
5:19 pm

@ Bulldawg Bob,

Yea, silly UGA, playing Boise without their best offensive or defensive players next year.

kral

November 19th, 2010
5:19 pm

That was for you boobby puppy

G

November 19th, 2010
5:20 pm

Gotta give it to UGA they aren’t scared to play tough non conference teams.

Fretz

November 19th, 2010
5:20 pm

Pretty sure UGA will be losing a ton more seniors/talent than Boise next year, FAKE dawg fan

Sonny Clusters

November 19th, 2010
5:21 pm

Clusters still run pretty fast when they age but they lose some ability making quick stops. Journalists are a lot like that, only different.

coachx

November 19th, 2010
5:21 pm

Love the challenge with Boise St and USC to start the season.

The DAWGS will be back in 2011 !

Go Dawgs !

89Dawg

November 19th, 2010
5:21 pm

True, you’re adding a tougher non-conference game than Louisville at home. But what you’re gaining is a chance to change an even worse murderer’s row to open the 2012 season: @ South Carolina, @ Louisville, @ Alabama. Change that Louisville road game to a home game and it’s not the same gauntlet.

david

November 19th, 2010
5:22 pm

bulldawg boob–Im sure our AD was presented this game years ago and said wait until they graduate 20 and then we will play them. That is the most idiotic statement Ive seen on these blogs in years. It should be a great game — probably close to the BSU vs VT game to start this year. kudos to Boise for flying out here to play.

tj

November 19th, 2010
5:23 pm

They will have to be careful not to have a let down because of the intense focus and media coverage on BSU even when UGA wins to be well prepared for USC the next week in Athens.

If UGA wins both games they will have been well prepared, well coached, focused and ready to play…If not they could easily be 0-2. The staff will have to do their best coaching job ever to win both of those games.

kral

November 19th, 2010
5:23 pm

bulldawg boobby I do hope you what completes the phrase before shinola..it’s sh…..i……t….

Tech's Next BCS Bowl Appearance 2054

November 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

Delbert D

What was Boise St’s execuse when they played us at home several years ago with the same team that beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl

All I saw was a beat down by an inferior UGA team that was picked to lose to Boise

Give me a break

JLC

November 19th, 2010
5:25 pm

Kudos to UGA for scheduling the Broncos. Not many other teams would go down that road. Having said that, it most likely will be an 0-2 start for the pups next year, but respect has been earned!

True DAWG fan

November 19th, 2010
5:26 pm

I like this game,you have to see what your team is made of,if our class comes together like I think it will,then the national expose will help our recruiting!!!

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2010
5:27 pm

89Dawg – I think McGarity negotiated out of the home-and-home with Louisville; that was the whole point. He has stated from the get-go, no more away OOC games. Chuck Dowdle did a CYA piece on Chuck and Chernoff today, saying that McGarity would *never* attempt to get out of a contracted game, and then he went off into some tale about how ESPN was responsible.

Savannah Fan

November 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

Game will not be much fun for the DOGS at least will ones not in jail

Redneck Bill from Trailerville

November 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

Well, looks like my Dawgs will be off to a good 0-2 start next season. May as well get all the losses out of the way before the real season starts. I say fire the coaches, fire the AD, fire the school president, and fire the players. Let’s get this thing turned around. There ain’t going to be no little Dawgs born nine months from now and even the little blue pill don’t help. Time to reload. We need some brutes with real criminal records, not these namby-pamby cases of hit and run, grabbing women’s butts, and driving without a liscence.

For all the haters

November 19th, 2010
5:28 pm

Bulldawg Bob & Southern Bell are not too bright.

Boise brings back 13 starters next year, including QB Kellen Moore.

Why don’t you do everyone a favor and go back to your daytime Soap Network programming.

Matt

November 19th, 2010
5:30 pm

Jeff, Do you know how ticketing works for this game? Is it like a bowl game?

Boise Dawg

November 19th, 2010
5:30 pm

Jeff, it is Chris Petersen with an e not an o

Delbert D.

November 19th, 2010
5:32 pm

Tech’s Next BCS Bowl Appearance 2054 – Unusual handle there.

I’m just stating facts, not opinions. I don’t know anything about Boise St. excuses, inferior UGA teams and whatnot. The previous poster said Boise St. would “lose like 20 seniors.” I looked at the depth chart for Boise St., which is current for tonight’s game.

Andy

November 19th, 2010
5:33 pm

Boise loses how many starters next year? Great time to play them. Uga wipes the floor with them and the fans all drink the kool aid and think they will win the Nat Champ. Then the next week, Lattimore runs over them and the cox win 2 in a row.

kral

November 19th, 2010
5:33 pm

RBFT sports are about opportunity who knows what will happen… Oh! YOU do SO go bet the trailor in vegas and buy you a doublewide

JLC

November 19th, 2010
5:33 pm

As a sidenote….UGA beat BSU in 2005 when they ended up 9-4. It was 2006 when they beat OK in the Fiesta Bowl and went on to be 13-0.

Andy

November 19th, 2010
5:34 pm

Haters
Boise will have 2 players at least taken in the draft including Kellen you moron.

Snellville GT

November 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

Boise State will probably lose, since they’ll come in without their team
(20 seniors lost). I’m trying to ramp ‘em up, though, by contributing to
Boys Town, the Boy Scouts, and eating nothing but Chef Boyardee.

picasokat

November 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

Bulldawg Bob, Cecil Newton needs to talk to you about doing some church repairs for him.

Applegator

November 19th, 2010
5:36 pm

Better leave new UGA back in Athens. The poor pooch doesn’t need to witness this massacre. BSU by 21.

hjay5

November 19th, 2010
5:36 pm

GA will win big and the traditional powers will breath a sigh of relief that will have eliminated Boise from championship discussion.

kral

November 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

I love Andie he works for a pro team.. He knows that their’s a possible labor situation in the pros because he works there..Who’s the moron Andie..

Ed

November 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

Football is not for fair weathered fans. Georgia will open 2-0 next year by beating 2 Top Ten teams and will go from pitiful and forgotten this year to yet another Top Ten ranking. Then all of you poor mouthers will be climbing back on the bandwagon! We dont want you back! Stay away.

Dirty Dawg

November 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

Once Cam is ruled ineligible then Moore will win the Heisman…when he wins the Heisman then he’ll turn pro…but their backup QB has about as high a QB rating as Kellen does. Of course expect AJ to be long gone by then.

You Ain't-Know Gaily Whacker

November 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

The Reporter: Mr. McGarity, will the opening game be significant ?

Greg: It will if we lose. We might get to the next tier sooner than anyone thought.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FHHJsXH3BiU

kral

November 19th, 2010
5:39 pm

What team do you draft for andie????