Weighing pros and cons of Dogs opening up against Boise State

Today's Boise State isn't the same program that fell to the Dogs in 2005. (Associated Press)

Today's Boise State isn't the same program that fell to the Dogs in 2005. (Associated Press)

So Georgia’s going to swap out a home game against Louisville in order to open up next season against Boise State in one of those Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

I’m not sure I think this is entirely a good idea, though I can see some of the logic behind it. Georgia gets to dump a weak home-and-home series against Louisville arranged by Greg McGarity’s predecessor, will open the season in the national spotlight (keeping one of its SEC rivals from occupying that spot, though I don’t know how big a deal that really is, recruiting-wise) and will pick up a nice piece of change in the process.

But on the debit side, the Dogs give up a home game Between the Hedges (which is the biggest negative about it from my view as a season ticket holder) and will have to open up what needs to be a crucial turn-around season for Mark Richt’s program by facing one of the hottest teams in the country over the past couple of seasons. Probably without A.J. Green. True, the Broncos haven’t yet beaten an SEC team and will lose some of the talent from their current team, but this isn’t the same Boise State program that D.J. and company throttled 48-13 in Athens back in 2005.

Louisville would be an easier win. And an early season loss wouldn’t be a great way to bolster the confidence of a team coming off its worst season in many years.

It would, however, make the Georgia Bulldogs “relevant” from a national perspective as the new season kicks off. Which beats the heck out of being relegated to noontime games.

A gamble? Yeah. But if Georgia somehow wins, it will be a big boost to the team’s confidence and perhaps restore some of the swagger they’ve lost over the past couple of years.

While I was weighing all those pros and cons, I asked my brother Tim what he thought about it.

“It will be the first win in an undefeated season,” he responded. “I’ll let you know later as to which team I’m talking about.”

Indeed.

So what do you think of this move?

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Very Old Dawg

November 19th, 2010
5:27 pm

I think it’s a great move.

azdawg

November 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

BK. With all due respect to your brother, is he carzy or was he referring to BSU having undefeated season? We don’t have the horses on D to stop them. And our Offense will be questionable w/o AJ and Durham. Get the garbage bags out cause GA fans and your brother may want to darn them after this game. Hope I’m wrong but have nothing to base hope on as long as GA has current coaching staff and current crop of D players. Am I 1st?

UGA Alumnus

November 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

We shall see.

JC

November 19th, 2010
5:35 pm

Why not? It’s a chance to get things jump started and keep the team focused through the offseason. No one wants to look bad on ESPN Primetime TV so hopefully it helps.

Frank Lane

November 19th, 2010
5:38 pm

I like it. You do not get better by playing mediocrity.

Bill King

November 19th, 2010
5:41 pm

azdawg:

Brother Tim is being a wiseguy. It’s a joke.

GA BirdDAWG

November 19th, 2010
5:42 pm

I’m good with it!! Go DAWGS!!

RealDawg

November 19th, 2010
5:43 pm

You would hope they would keep the game ticket price reasonable for season ticket holders since we are losing a home game. We have all the up side. More $$, loss doesn’t affect SEC hopes, we will not likely be ranked that early anyway so losing doesn’t drop us, win likely gets us ranked, and great motivation for team in off season starting with two teams likely ranked in top 20.

Spanky

November 19th, 2010
5:45 pm

This is a great idea! Tater State is always overrated! Also, this will force our dawgs not to be lethargic. They will HAVE to be ahead of schedule, AND OUT OF JAIL!!! Enter Jarvis Jones, Richard Samual, and a bunch of really talented redshirts! I really do think that this could be huge, if we can come out with some fire! Go Dawgs!

Boise Dawg

November 19th, 2010
5:46 pm

Bill I know Georgia doesn’t need the money, but that is another upside. Both programs will get at least $2.3 million for this game. Heck of pay increase for Boise State from the $900 thousand Ole Miss was going to give them.

Dirty Dawg

November 19th, 2010
5:47 pm

We better get our runnin’ shoes on….remember the last, fast, team we played in the Dome…we’re still chasing those Mountaineers.

SHANNON

November 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

Someone tell Crowell in Columbus that this can be his coming out party with a national spotlight as he takes over the reigns as our #1 RB.

azdawg

November 19th, 2010
5:51 pm

BK and Bro Tim. Noted.

Barry Gibb

November 19th, 2010
5:52 pm

A “pro” will be that losing to BSU on national television will finally prove to the delusional fanbase that we need a new head coach at Georgia.

K-Town Dawg

November 19th, 2010
5:53 pm

The one positive I don’t see mentioned and read on another blog is that it gets us out of any away game sandwiched between USC and Bama in 2012. It that remains an open date, it could be huge.

Dennis

November 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

Always look for the weaker opponent. The Dooley legacy lives on. UGA needs to start playing all comers and get with it as embracing what other SEC schools are already doing. So you lost last year in Stillwater. Running back to D-2 schools with your tales between your legs looks weak. This is exactly the right step to set tone and get back on the horse, or bronco.

K-Town Dawg

November 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

Those 3 games are all road games as well.

RiffRaff

November 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

The Dawgs have not beaten a team with a winning record this year. They start out slow it seems every year. I don’t like it.

K-Town Dawg

November 19th, 2010
6:00 pm

Dennis,

Aside from Bama and UT, what other SEC teams are you talking about?
Look in a mirror, your ignorance is showing.

Hogwash

November 19th, 2010
6:01 pm

All I can say is, I hope we get a new strength and conditioning coach and someone that can actually coach and prepare the offense for the game. God, I hope Grantham’s 3/4 will be better next year. Too many holes on defense this year. We will really need some better RBs next year and I will say it, a better OC they actually knows how to prepare the offense for a defense without all the excuses. If not, God help us. If they beat us, I hope Petersen will be the next HC at UGA.

Jerome

November 19th, 2010
6:05 pm

I like it. I still remember that Boise State game. It gave the Dawgs a lot of confidence. Far better for McGarity to come out and challenge his football program with a big game like this than schedule cupcakes. I seem to remember everyone saying when he was hired that he would water down UGA’s non-conference schedule. Glad to see that he went in the other direction.
Even if we lose, VA Tech’s managed to rebound nicely this season after those first 2 awful losses.

Ralph

November 19th, 2010
6:08 pm

thUGA might surprise them when they bring the usual tire irons, chains, shivs, and zip-guns to the rumble.

rincon dawg

November 19th, 2010
6:09 pm

This is not the same Boise from 05 they have a much better coach than when Dan Hawkins led them. Not realy worried about it all I know is its a big money maker to help pay off CMR.

Dawg89

November 19th, 2010
6:15 pm

Maybe McGarity’s next move is to hire Peterson before the game next year.

Ol' Dawg

November 19th, 2010
6:15 pm

I don’t know where the 2.3 million dollar figure came from, but if accurate we need to realize this – by selling 23,000 less seats than at home, we give up over 1 million dollars at the gate. Therefore, our net is not as appealing. Also, we will not have as many Dawgs in the Dome that we would have had at home.

Gary Stokan of the Dome has tried for years to get us there for a “home” game. He has succeeded!

As for recruiting, I don’t see how this will really help. We recruit through coaches and relationships, primarily, and therefore the “new” interest I would suspect will be minimal. As for a national TV audience, we have that fairly often. Exposure is not the draw – winning is!

The end result is that we start off with two solid teams if we judge by this year. Richt could very well be at a tenuous point if we lose both of these games.

No one wishes anymore than I do that this will be beneficial. I need to see the proof before I will believe it.

DawginOH

November 19th, 2010
6:18 pm

Although my first inclination was “oh, great, now we can start the season 0-1,” I’m starting to see a lot of positives in playing this game. Opening up with a team like Boise State should give Georgia the incentive to come out with guns blazing. They’ve been pretty sluggish in the first few games of the season as of late, so playing a top-tier team in the opener could be the perfect remedy. Hope the boys are ready for a long summer. GO DAWGS!

SOUTHGADAWG88

November 19th, 2010
6:24 pm

It’s great especially if BSU finishes undefeated this year.

Baby John

November 19th, 2010
6:25 pm

Zip-guns — gee!

This spud's for you

November 19th, 2010
6:28 pm

Boise State 70, Georgia 10.

A loooooong day for the dawgtards.

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Dawg 39

November 19th, 2010
6:31 pm

My only concern is how this game will effect the Dawgs playing Spurrier’s Team the next week. If it will make us a better prepared team, then I am all for it. Plus an extra home game in 2012. It all makes sense to me.

bill

November 19th, 2010
6:36 pm

…and there’s been a reason that the Dawgs haven’t “come out guns blazing” in any meaningful game this season??? These guys need a pulse when it comes to starting strong…

Ram Tough

November 19th, 2010
6:41 pm

Losing to B St, not as bad as losing to L Ville, winnign against B St better than winning aganst L Ville. Good for recruiting those state wide players. Adds fire for off-season. Puts Georgia on the National stage.

P. Bull Terrier

November 19th, 2010
6:50 pm

Any word on how tickets will be distrubuted? It doesn’t seem like Boise State would bring enough fans for a 50/50 split, but no matter how they allocate tickets it sounds like some UGA donors will be left out due to the smaller stadium.

Sanford Drive

November 19th, 2010
6:52 pm

Bill…..

Stop acting like we already lost this game.Does ANYBODY expect us to win the National Championship next year??

So we are getting national exposure, more than likely College Gameday, and if it doesn’t help recruiting like you pessimistically think, at least we arent giving that advantage to Alabama… again.

If we lose, BIG DEAL. If we win…. BIG DEAL!!! This is a win-win for UGA.

Now get your head out of the 60’s and realize what we have to do today.

Greg McGarrity

November 19th, 2010
6:52 pm

Mark, Do you believe in God?
CMR: Yes sir, I do
GM: I sure do hope so….lotta work to be done between now and then.

Snack Shack

November 19th, 2010
7:17 pm

Good move on Greg McGarity’s part. Hope AJ decides to come back and get his degree…..and perhaps play a little football too!

RealDawg

November 19th, 2010
7:20 pm

Money wise with a $2+million pay we should come out ahead because there wouldn’t be the expense side of having a home game. I just hope that ALL season ticket holders are treated properly and not just allowing high level donors to buy up large numbers of seats only to profit off ebay.

LakeDawg

November 19th, 2010
7:30 pm

If UGA is really serious about turning it around next year, they will beat Boise State. Being afraid to play Boise State is not the attitude UGA needs if it is going to be for real. I think its a great move and they will beat BSU by 2 to 3 touchdowns if they play like they’re capable of playing. If they play like they have the past 3 years they will get beat. Thus the nervousness about playing the game. However, the Bulldawg nation has to put that mentality behind it.

Red

November 19th, 2010
7:31 pm

Mcgarity sure has done a great job his first three months. The game can only help recruiting locally and will definitely get UGA much better prepared early in the season which will result in more wins. It’s also great because it gives players something to get excited about and look forward to next year. This can only help the program.

Mcgarity sure has done a great job his first three months. The game can only help recruiting locally and will definitely get UGA much better prepared early in the season which will result in more wins. It’s also great because it gives players something to get excited about and look forward to next year. This can only help the program.

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CLS Dawg

November 19th, 2010
7:51 pm

I dont like the move due to the payoff which will now have to occur in getting out of the Louisville Series as well as the fact that we loose another home game in Sanford.. However this game wont even be competitive. UGA will slaughter Boise due to the fact that nearly their entire starting roster are currently seniors. This game will reming mand of the 2007 Hawaii Sugar bowl game

Patsy Schedule

November 19th, 2010
7:54 pm

I think swapping a ‘down’ Louisville for an ‘up’ Boise State is a good idea. Forget the loss of a home game, Bill, other things should take precedence with a fan such as yourself. Like boosting your team’s image, both in the SEC and the country. Can’t do that shying away from potentially tough opponents. I’m not sure Boise St. is so much better than when Georgia beat them so soundly before, but for whatever reason, the program in Athens has really nose-dived. Georiga should beat Boise State with the personnel we have, but the oddsmakers say they would favor Boise St. That says something about either the coaching or the players’ desire. One or the other sucks.

DAWG with bag over head again

November 19th, 2010
8:06 pm

Bill,

This is a terrible idea. I guess CMR doesn’t remember being massacred by Bama the week after our “fun” trip to ASU. Wasn’t McGarity’s whole premise to keep us out of playing tough out of conference games right before important SEC games (or at all)? I really think everyone in the Athletic Dept. has lost their minds. This is a recipe for disaster. 0-2 to start the season is a definite possibility. What morons! Further proof we need to clean house. I’m not so sure about McGarity anymore. Maybe he’s still working for Cryer.

Mike

November 19th, 2010
8:09 pm

I think this is a better move than playing Louisville. The way I see it, I want UGA beating good teams, not just teams they should beat. Sure Louisville would be another win for sure, but would that really make anyone feel better if UGA loses to South Carolina or Auburn again? Probably not.

Big Games are what this program was about. Big Games are what it needs to stick with. I am not a fan of UGA backing out of the Oregon series either. I think playing Oklahoma St. in 2007 cost UGA the championship (had a let down game the next week vs South Carolina), but I am not for caking up the schedule for this joke that is the BCS.

Who The Hell Are You, Really?

November 19th, 2010
8:29 pm

“A gamble? Yeah. But if Georgia somehow wins, it will be a big boost to the team’s confidence and perhaps restore some of the swagger they’ve lost over the past couple of years.”

Somehow wins? Just who the hell are you Bill? I do not think you are much of a Dawg fan with that kind of paragraph and obvious “glass half empty” attitude. Turn in your season tickets and all UGA paraphenalia IMMEDIATELY.

You really suck, I will note read another thing you have to bloviate about again………..

A lifelong Dawg fan

Who The Hell Are You, Really?

November 19th, 2010
8:30 pm

aarh

November 19th, 2010
8:35 pm

P. Bull Terrier- I just saw on a tweet for the tweet box on here that said Boise gets 7,500, & UGA gets the rest. So, it’s pretty much a home game for UGA. Plus, it is in ATL. GA. So, that’s a plus.

edumacated

November 19th, 2010
8:43 pm

Great. Just the fact that McGarity scheduled this tells us that Richt is around for at least another mediocre year. Yahoo.

stevo

November 19th, 2010
8:48 pm

For those of you stating the fact that we will lose a home game, look at he numbers. 7 home games in 2011…6 home games in 2012 with the trip to Louisville. Now we will have 6 home games in 2011 and 7 homes games in 2012. Looks to me like we picked up half of a home game an appearance on Game Day and a chance to kick of the 2011 season.