Dogs could make or break Boise State’s season

The opening game could be everything for Boise State's national title hopes.

The opening game could be everything for Boise State's national title hopes.

We all know what’s in it for the Dogs in opening against Boise State in the Georgia Dome. The Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game is a “Hey, remember us?” game, a chance for Mark Richt’s program to make a statement that it’s still relevant on the national scene. Win or lose, at least UGA will be in the spotlight.

But as College Football News notes in its 2011 Boise State preview, the game could mean a whole lot more to the Broncos, who’ve spent the past few seasons trying to convince the college football world they routinely belong in the national championship conversation.

As CFN puts it, “The opening day battle with Georgia in Atlanta means everything” for Boise State. “Win that, and it’ll be another year of talking about whether or not the Broncos belong in the national title chase considering they’ll almost certainly be the favorites in the rest of the 11 games. … If they beat Georgia in the opener the expectations and the season changes; the national title will be in play.”

The Broncos’ other important game on Nov. 12 against TCU, probably for the Mountain West title, “might turn out to be just as big,” CFN says, “but the season for Boise State, and for college football, might hinge on the performance in front of the hostile crowd in Atlanta. Last year, the Broncos were able to do it against Virginia Tech on the road and the national title expectations kicked in. The same might be true with a win over the Dawgs.”

Beating Boise State would get an important season off to a great start for Richt, but the fact is that for Georgia’s overall season hopes the SEC game a week later in Athens against South Carolina is more important.

But if Boise State loses to the Dogs, the argument could be made their ultimate hopes for the season are toast.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come down to which team wants it more, because that’s likely to be the Broncos.

But as Richt likes to say, no pressure.

JT2!

The Texas Rangers made Major League Baseball look awfully good with their classy gesture drafting paralyzed Diamond Dog Johnathan Taylor. Dawgs Online was exactly right saying the Bulldog Nation now has a new favorite American League team. Meanwhile, to find out how you can still donate to the Johnathan Taylor Fund, check out Georgiadogs.com.

DANTE, WE HARDLY KNEW YE

Georgia baseball signee Dante Bichette Jr. of Orlando, son of former Rockies outfielder Dante Bichette Sr., was one of seven UGA current players and 11 signees picked in the MLB draft. It’s apparent now that he’ll never don the Red and Black, and you can’t blame him for taking an estimated $700,000 signing bonus straight out of high school.

“I told the coaches that if I went in the first round, I was going to go pro,” Bichette told the Athens Banner-Herald. As for UGA, he said, “I couldn’t have picked a better school to work with. The way they handled it was perfect. They even told me that if I went in the first round, I should go play pro ball. They’re behind me 100 percent. I’ll always be a Dog in my heart.”

Woof!

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browndog

June 9th, 2011
2:14 pm

Should be a good game. Both teams really won’t know what they have until kick off and the hitting starts. UGA has to have tremendous play from everyone to win the game. Boise should be a slight favorite, but a lot can happen before September so will be fun seeing how things develop.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
2:17 pm

Also fom the Bulldawg Illustrated:

Murray Poole said, “Yes, Aaron Murray can get even better”

Translation: He led UGA to a 6-7 season last year and did not beat a team with a winning record. I would certainly think he would be able to improve as the starting QB.

D Bag Trolls!

June 9th, 2011
2:22 pm

SSlgator: If you do not like the DAWGS so much why are buy pubs about the DAWGS>OXIE are you?

GT bar kid: You need to find a new team. Bottom feeder U, will let you down every time.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
2:23 pm

Otto, it’s all well and good to pretend that everybody needs to have the “goal” of winning a national championship every year, but that’s a hope and not a goal, I don’t care what their mascot looks like.

Obviously everybody wants to beat Boise. And every game.

Obviously everyone understands that beating SC would be a pretty big factor in achieving the goal. Same goal every team in the league is going to have.

Dealing with the reality of things that your players can control is hardly admitting that sad times prevail. Give it several weeks into the schedule and I guarantee you every team in the league is going to be having that same conversation. They are now actually.

gt4ever

June 9th, 2011
2:25 pm

DawginLex,

Ok, if UGA is one of the 2 non patsies that Boise will play, then UGA should blow them off the field….

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
2:25 pm

Ah, I can see it now. Sitting in Brogan’s, reading the Bulldawg illustrated, mumbling to yourself. Wearing the full compliment of obnoxious gator appearal. The one other gator fan in the place praying you don’t make eye contact.

CharlieAlphaBravo

June 9th, 2011
2:28 pm

Lainey: “Enjoy Crowell while you can. By the start of the season, he will have piled up enough arrests that Richt will have to send him home. With the Carver-Columbus thug mentality, he won’t last long.”

Ummm, that sounds like some pretty thinly veiled racism. Perhaps you were looking for the ‘Bama Blog??

ARdawg

June 9th, 2011
2:35 pm

BEN

If you are still around. I think you’ll find most Dawg fans have a healthy respect for you guys. Your guys have embarrassed a few teams. There was even some talk of BSU embarrassing UGA on you last trip to Athens. But, the fact is, we aren’t VT or Oklahoma. You might come away with a victory if your guys can duplicate the talent from last year but, I wouldn’t count on it. I never thought I see the day where Georgia was a bushwhack game for Boise but, it’s happened. No way BSU wins this game. Keeping it respectable might even prove to be a challenge

Boise in ATL

June 9th, 2011
2:40 pm

Let’s face it – anytime an OREGON, VA TECH or GEORGIA plays Boise St. – it’s put up or shut up for the Bronco’s.

So thanks to Georgia for playing us – you guys have nothing to gain in beating us – as you are supposed to – and everything to lose if you do not win.

As an ATL resident the last few years – I LOVE the passion for college football here. It is the same at BOISE – we talk, tweet, facebook and speculate about it year round. This is better than the NFL. ATL is the center for college football – just unbelievable!

ABOUT GEORGIA:
Since I have lived here in ATL – Georgia has had one good team.
I really thought Georgia was a better program – but have watched them struggle the last two years.
Georgia is NOT at a SEC Champion LEVEL – like you were in 2005.
Georgia has dropped to mid-level SEC – probably the #7 SEC team.

What has happened at Georgia?
It starts with the Leadership.
I think Georgia got complacent, lazy and undisciplined. You can make up all the excuses in the world – but guess what – all poor performing teams have excuses. Georgia has been passed by the majority of your own conference – and now is trouble. OK ST, Colorado, UCF???? These losses are not Georgia football. They are what they are – if one of those teams beats Georgia – it is an upset. If all beat Georgia – it is the state of the program.

Georgia became a collection of individuals- great athletes – that feel entitled – and forgot that it is the collective good of the team that counts.

How can you have a great team when at any given time – your best skill position athletes are suspended for silly stuff? Off the field matters – NO collective unity. This is not the Georgia program I expected to follow when we moved to ATL.

Your head coach sets the tone. I hope he is successful enough to stay at Georgia – as it appears he is a very good person.

ABOUT BOISE
NO – we are not as deep as premier SEC teams in size, speed and talent.
But we make up for it by being more talented and deeper than most give us credit.
We play as a team – and everyone knows their roles.
We have incredible focussed leadership.
We develop our talent and get players with tremendous upside.
It is about a collective effort – knowing your role – and executing as a TEAM – this is what we do well and that is why we have become a good program.

We understand that ONE loss against BCS opponent – we are DONE.
This FACT keeps us from being complacent, spoiled and entitled. We understand this – so the pressure we put on ourselves is huge.

ABOUT THE GAME:
Boise is going to win – the press will make you believe David has beaten Goliath.
However – that would be wrong.
Boise is legit TOP 15 – TOP 10.
Georgia’s program is coming off a bottomed out season – and should be a better program this year. but is not a TOP 25 program at this time.

I look at Georgia’s schedule – and see 4 teams right away that I would favor to beat UGA: Boise, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Florida. I also think UGA will be in a dog fight to beat Tennessee, Auburn and Tech.

All of this is strictly based on what I have witnessed about the last 3 years – watching and following the SEC while living in ATL.

I do wish Georgia great success – and maybe Georgia will take that leap back to being a top tier SEC program. Who knows – maybe this will be the year!

I could be wrong about my prediction – but it boils down to BOISE maximizes it’s potential. Georgia lost how to max their’s.

Expect a close game – good luck the rest of the season.

Still@theBAR

June 9th, 2011
2:44 pm

I love dudes!!!!!!!!!!!

Tech is the best football team to ever play!!!!!!!

BroncoHunt

June 9th, 2011
2:44 pm

To all the Dog fans bringing up Boise State’s record vs. the Sec…it’s irrelevent. All of these losses came in between 2000 and 2005, before Boise State gained their dominance. As far as Georgia’s defense goes, TCU’s is better, and it’s something we’ve seen before. Georgia’s “A” game has been for a couple of years a very mediocre game, while Boise State has 26 wins the past 2 years. When Boise State beats Georgia, the doubt of Boise State’s legitimacy will still be there because everyone knows that Georgia is currently an SEC bottomfeeder.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
2:50 pm

D Bag Trolls! -

I don’t buy UGA publications. Bulldawg Illustrated is a free paper. Probably because they can’t actually sell them.

Boise in ATL

June 9th, 2011
2:51 pm

BroncoHunt – well said. However, I think Georgia will be improved. I think this will be a close game.

Did Georgia bottom out in 2010? Can they make the leap back to top tier SEC in 2011. You can see the potential – but the same could be said every year about a bunch of schools.

What killed us last year was VA TECH losingn to James Madison the following week.

If Georgia goes on and loses to S. Carolina, Miss St and Florida – which I think is a very real possibility – then you will be correct. Which means beating Georgia is about like beating Ole Miss or Kentucky level of football.

Really?

June 9th, 2011
2:51 pm

BroncoHunt – so it is irrelevant if we bring up the past when it comes to Boise but it is relevant when you bring up UGA’s recent past. I think I understand now!

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
2:54 pm

AltamahaDawg -

It is Brogen’s – not Brogan’s. Stan would not be happy with you not knowing the correct name of his place. But of course you have probably never been there anyway.

FEARtheSPEAR

June 9th, 2011
2:55 pm

Florida State beat UF..easily, and USCe, teams that beat UGA.

FSU > UGA, always has been always will be!

UGA king of the Fulmer Trophy, can’t spell THUG with out thUGa.

hahahahah!

Jealous of us, i know, you should be.

FEARtheSPEAR

June 9th, 2011
2:57 pm

Most delusional fanbase = UGa. Good gosh, you people act like you’re us, or UF, win a national title..recent memory then you can say something. Beat UCF, then you can say something to UCF..hahahahahahaha

O’Leary still owns thUGa

Old Dawg

June 9th, 2011
2:59 pm

If Boise State wanted to play in a respectable conference, it had the change but wimped out by moving to the Mountain West.

I’ve also wondered how the school has been able to develop a quality football program in a state without a lot of talent and so far from major population centers. Football and several other Bronco program were recently put on probation by the NCAA, which leads me to what I’ve suspected – improper recruiting practices.

Because both of these teams are fighting for respect, I expect a brutal game in the trenches and lots of hard knocks in the secondary. Can’t predict a final score, just a bruiser!

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
2:59 pm

FEARtheSPEAR -

“Florida State beat UF..easily”

Yes. You sure did – and it only took you guys seven years to do it since your previous victory.

Richt`s Hammer

June 9th, 2011
3:01 pm

We are going to get destroyed. So sad.

BroncoHunt

June 9th, 2011
3:01 pm

Really?–Yes the RECENT past, being the past couple of years, is relevent, but when UGA fans talk about Boise State’s 0-4 record against the SEC, it’s irrelevent because the last time we played an SEC team was SIX YEARS AGO.

fla dawg

June 9th, 2011
3:05 pm

rabid dawg fan has had way too much kool aid. to say that BSU has never seen a defense with size and speed etc. as ours is embarrassing. we don’t have the best defense in the history of college football. come on, BSU has played at LEAST a couple of big time teams. it is not like they are some junior college team from Canada.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
3:05 pm

A few times. The last time I was there I saw Ronnie and showed him your childish posted all day in a Georgia blog. Something you would never own to, of cource. He was embarrarsed for you.

BroncoHunt

June 9th, 2011
3:06 pm

Boise in ATL–However, if Georgia goes on to be a top 25 team, then all the media will say “Oh this is definitely a different team than the one Boise State played at the beginning of the year.” They did the same thing after we beat Oregon a couple of years ago, saying that Oregon had grown to be better than us over the course of 5 weeks.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
3:08 pm

Also fom the Bulldawg Illustrated:

Murray Poole’s snapshot interviews with some incoming players:

Ramick Wilson: “Ramick likes to be in charge, likes to be in control”

Sorry Ramick. I guess they did not tell you that Reverend Richt and BooBoo are driving this bus – right off the cliff.

Hunter Long: “Hunter is his own person, not a follower”

Hunter, if you are not a lemming like the rest of them, you won’t last long at UGA.

Corey Moore: “… a lifelong dream for Corey to play at Georgia”

Well Corey, you picked the right place. UGA is where all the “dreamers” go – to wither away.

Sterling Bailey: “… he’s ready to step up and take charge”

Good deal Sterling. You can be in charge of wardrobe selection and picking out the music and dance routines for the players.

Amarlo Herrera: “Amarlo is actually a pretty good cook”

Perfect. Amarlo, you can take over the KoolAid blending from Richt’s wife. Poor woman is about to wear herself out.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
3:09 pm

Boise in ATL -

Don’t use facts – you are only going to confuse them.

SickandTired

June 9th, 2011
3:09 pm

This game is far bigger for the Mark Richt fan club than it is for Boise. I call it the Mark Richt fan club because obviously the majority don’t care about Georgia more than the care about the gentle coach in Athens. It’s real simple, lose to Boise that natives are restless….lose the following week to South Carolina and that is more than a good chance, and the natives will be calling for Mark Richts head on a stick before the first cool morning in the fall. Both games are must wins for Georgia. If the fans don’t see it that way, then they deserve everything Marky brings their way.

Boise in ATL

June 9th, 2011
3:10 pm

Really? As in are you REALLY that stupid?

Let’s talk about Hershall Walker!!! Boise has never had a Hershall Walker – so no way Boise ST can beat Georgia!

Here is reality – what matters is recent trends – what has happened the last couple of years – and what is the current state of the program.

If OK STATE alone beats UGA – then it is an upset.
IF OK STATE, COLORADO, KENTUCKY, UCF beat Georgia – well those games were not upsets – they are the state of your program.

Not picking a fight here – but 2005 is irrelent. 2007 is irrelevent. UGA has been irrelevent and a NO show the last two seasons.

Tell me – over the last 2 years – how many games did Georgia lose in which they were favored?
TEll me – over the last 2 years – how many games when Georgia was the underdog – did they win?

Fact is – Georgia is in the parity pack – has tremendous upside – but has under performed.

Maybe this year will be the year Georgia can leap back to being respectable. It could happen.

But let’s do not bring up irrelent stuff from years ago when it is current state that matters.

You REALLY look STUPID!

Hey – maybe that’s your last name! STUPID!!!!

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
3:10 pm

..and there’s ten. New record.

East Repeat

June 9th, 2011
3:15 pm

Question for the regulars- What has happened to TB? You know Mr. CFB? AJC has dropped him? SEC Rules! ACC for metro-sexuals and the like.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
3:17 pm

We are going to blow the doors off of BSU and expose them for the BCS fraud that there are.Wow…the have played a couple of teams from the PAC-10 and an ACC school!Whoopee damn do…there is a rather large separation between the Pac-10,ACC and the SEC.The ponies will find out first hand Sept.3

PB

June 9th, 2011
3:19 pm

You can always tell the intelligence of a team’s fan base when they say stuff like “Boise had a chance to join a AQ conf. but instead went to the Mtn. West.” LOL!!!!!!!!!!

The more I hear these inbred poverty level entitlement UGA fans, the more I can’t wait till Boise destroys their season with the first game.

With fans as stupid and uneducated as all you, you don’t deserve to have successful football seasons…….. oh wait………. you don’t. LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

brick

June 9th, 2011
3:22 pm

Ben, why would a BCS school want to go play in Boise on a blue turf against a team that wears jerseys, helmets and pants that match the field? Football has rules about a team wearing a jersey that is close to the color of the ball, the same rule should apply to the fielld. But asside that, a team isn’t going to give up a 95K-110K home game to come play in front of 50k. Financially it would be a disaster.

Boise in ATL

June 9th, 2011
3:24 pm

OLD DAWG – do your homework before you open your pie hole – you and REALLY? must have the same last name.

Probation stemmed from Track & Field and Tennis.
As for football – Boise arranged housing and transportation for kids coming into summer camp – basically getting them lower rates. etc for 63 campers – amounting to under $5000.00 savings for the families. Yeah – we picked up a real competitive advantage.

Better understand your own history before throwing accusations.
By the way – how is Jim Harrick doing these days?

sandiegodawg

June 9th, 2011
3:25 pm

as a die hard dawg fan, can’t believe all the smack talk about Boise. They deserve props for playing big and being creative on offense. I enjoy watching them and look forward to see how CTG prepares for them.

tide roll

June 9th, 2011
3:26 pm

Aren’t you guys concerned about moving a running back and safety to inside linebacker!? That’s a very physical position, and is going to be a very difficult transition. Also, your defensive lineman are soft and out of shape, especially your defensive end, Lott. Compare him and Tyson to Dee Ford and the other D-ends at Auburn for example. There is no comparison. Doesn’t Richt see this stuff?! What a strange, odd, bizarre and frustrating program. The personnel decisions, the coaching hires, the play calling, the recruiting, the losses, just about everything. It would be a fun program to follow if you were say, for example, permanently on some mind altering substance.

IM TELLING YOU KNOW

June 9th, 2011
3:26 pm

WE WILL POUND BOISE MARK IT DOWN AND PASTE IT AFTER THE GAME…..to much size and speed ……Probably going to lose to Carolina but we will win this game easily!!!

Terry

June 9th, 2011
3:27 pm

FEARtheSPEAR, I believe UGA’s record against FSU is 6-4-1 and UGA won the last time FSU played in 2002, 26 – 13 New Orleans Sugar bowl. Nuff Said.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
3:29 pm

sandiegodawg -

You must be a fairly new fan. This is a UGA blog. It is what they do.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
3:30 pm

Anybody ever peruse the BSU schedule over the last 5-6 years?The cumulative record of their opponents is always under 500.Every season over half of their opponents have double digits losses.BSU is a friggin fraud

Terry

June 9th, 2011
3:31 pm

tide roll. Tell us again how Bama’s O line faired against Auburn Def line.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
3:31 pm

You would certainly be the expert on what happens in a UGA Blog.

BroncoHunt

June 9th, 2011
3:32 pm

I really like when Boise State plays a TCU or an Oregon, because then we actually have an educated fan base to argue with; those that can spell and appreciate facts.

Hey Leafy

June 9th, 2011
3:34 pm

Put that slide rule down before you hurt yourself !

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
3:34 pm

Tide roll worry about your own team..Bama’s talent level is almost back to 07 levels…let’s see how great your coaching staff is this year without some of those studs from recent years.I could care less about recruit rankings….FLA and Texas were supposed to have all this all world talent and coaching staff last year too….funny how that worked out for them

BILLY JACK

June 9th, 2011
3:35 pm

BRONCO BILLY- THIS GAME COULD LOOK LIKE 2005-WAY TOO MANY ATHLETES ON GEORGIAS SIDE.

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
3:35 pm

AltamahaDawg -

Stop trying to flatter me. I am impressed though that you carry print-outs from here to show your friends.

how2fish

June 9th, 2011
3:37 pm

Boise in ATL you make some good points, Boise is a lot different team and better than it was at our last meeting. That being said football is a pretty simple game and the bigger faster and meaner bunch win most of the time..I think you have a lot of really good finesse players…but in the end I think the 20-40lb difference on our OL and DL’s will be the telling factor in a Bull Dog victory. But it will be I think a close game and will have heavy consequences for the rest of the season for the loser. I assure you the UGA team will respect your team’s recent record .

WDE

June 9th, 2011
3:38 pm

@ SSIgator hey it’s been quite down in the Swamp of late…everyone out of school or all of the potheads already in jail???

WDE

June 9th, 2011
3:41 pm

@ BroncoHunt here is a little fact oh wise keeper of ancient wisdom..Boise has never beaten the Dogs and never come close.