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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456 comments Add your comment

Snoop Dawg

June 9th, 2011
4:40 pm

You have no idea, Eaaassyy. Enjoy that south Georgia wasteland. People like you are the reason the UGA football team has turned into an embarrassment.

You should change your name to ostrich…

ARdawg

June 9th, 2011
4:41 pm

Stoopider? Must be a Tech fan

tide roll

June 9th, 2011
4:41 pm

I like “G” Force, Glenn and Gates. Pretty good starting OL (except for the vastly overrated Jones). The issue is: Can you keep them motivated with no one competing for their positions? Richt/Bobo have done the near impossible on your offensive line: Eliminated the very purpose to insure success – Competition! It should never have come to this at a program with the resources of UGA. Also, and this is important UGA supporters, your offensive coordinator’s wife should not be BARB DOOLEY’S NEICE!! The relationship precludes an honest evaluation of Bobo’s performance by Richt. There’s not another program in the SEC that would allow this conflict of interest. Only at UGA ! Sheesh.

how2fish

June 9th, 2011
4:41 pm

@ARdawg agreed,Boise is a better program now than 6 years ago..still I like our chances our D should baring a lot of injuries be much better and we will be much faster than most of the teams they play. Still we need to respect the Smurfs they have a really good team and coaches.

Still@theBAR

June 9th, 2011
4:43 pm

WDE actually I would figure anywhere from 3-8% of football players on any team probably Smoke the Weed.
Yes it is ruff trying to get keys sometimes, but like you said they always Always thank you later. It is when they are too drunk to think that they want to show dat azz. LOL At on time we had 3 Car Boots that we could lock down a car, but My lawyer put a quick stop to that. I thought IT was a good idea at the time just not legal. HAHAH but effective.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
4:43 pm

Richt’s problem has been relatively simple over the last two seasons IMO.The defense sucked…plain and simple.The Offensive numbers have remarkably been rather consistent over his 10 years in Athens regardless of the players….the D on the other hand has been very weak over the last two seasons.

Dawgy Due

June 9th, 2011
4:43 pm

That thang’ll bite youuuu.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
4:44 pm

Not sure how much BSU will miss thier WR’s, I’m sure they have others just like us. But it’s pretty safe to say that they were more important to them last year. AJ was never a reason we won any game last year and he turned out to be more of a distraction on the whole than an asset. I’d rather have AJ back, you know… actually playing, but compard to what he meant to Georgia last year, that’s not a loss.

We didn’t have the entire spring and summer this year with the guy telling a freshman QB, “when in doubt look for #8″, and I think there is an upside to that. The passing is going to still be more affective this year. Maybe AJ would have helped that even more, but Georgia is NOT going to be worse in that area.

Now, HAD AJ been the part of the formula that he was supposed to be, and Georgia had won 10 games……then you can say we are going to have to replace “him”, same as Boise.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
4:45 pm

You can get flapping your gums all day Snoop…but you sir can’t hide your Black and Gold roots…yeah you are a 4th generation Dawg alright.Dawg hater

Boise in ATL

June 9th, 2011
4:46 pm

ARDawg – my point is that if you are looking at history to project outcome – recent history is where you will look first – as in what is the current state of your program – looking at what you have done the last couple of years – and what improvements you have coming in.

This game does make me a little anxious – but really looking forward to it.

As for your 4th Quarter – I guess UCF, Colorado, Florida, Arkansas, South Carolina, Auburn and Mississippi State would argue that Georgia in not a 4th Quarter team.

By the way – we did beat VA Tech in the 4Q last year – and won the game.
I would argue that Va Tech was a better team last year than Georgia.

Georgia is a sleeping giant – no doubt about it – but Boise has been down this road. A close game favors the Bronco’s as recent history will show you that the underdogs will gain confidence if within striking distance.

Good back and forth commentary. A lot on the line for both teams.

Gary

June 9th, 2011
4:47 pm

Wrong, Boise will win and then everyone will discuss the fact that this is the same team that lost to UCF last year. They will point out all of UGA’s flaws in order to say Boise has not accomplished anything. The truth, beating Georgia does not make you a National Title contender. Loosing to us will take any chance away. We are a middle of the road SEC team which makes us better than the middle of the road teams from any other conference but little more.

ARdawg

June 9th, 2011
4:48 pm

how2fish

If we can get out of our own way with azzhat coaching. I see a Georgia defense much deeper, faster and better than the Boise offense. Our offense likely isn’t going to impress but should score enough to win. I believe the struggle will be Boise’s offense. Sure they look impressive against NM State defense but, this ain’t NM State’s defense

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
4:51 pm

What a difference talent makes on Defense folks…if you couldn’t see UGA’s problem here since really 07….lack of impact players on defense…you don’t know much about the game IMO.

Boise in ATL

June 9th, 2011
4:52 pm

Altamaha Dawg – we are returning 16 starters – 8 on each side of the ball. Yes, we might be missing our two WR’s. I hope our next wave steps up – their play will be critical as our complex passing attack is key.

I used to think that losing AJ Green would really hurt Georgia this year – but come to think of it. Georgia’s WR’s were not super stars when they won SEC titles – it was Georgias incredible use of TE’s that I remember – seems Georgia was reloading TE’s every frgging year – and these guys could catch.

Snoop Dawg

June 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

SouthGADawg, if you want to know why UGA’s football program is in shambles, look at yourself in the mirror. You and those apologists like you perpetuate the death spiral that Mark Richt is taking us all on. Your disgraceful laissez faire attitude that condones mediocrity has led to the state of the present. You are not smart enough to have a degree from UGA.

ARdawg

June 9th, 2011
4:56 pm

Boise in ATL

The state of the program is an issue and Boise’s is on a higher plain currently than Georgia’s. However, the first game of the season and greater than the state of the program is the subsection of “the state of the team”. How do they match up on this day on the grid? History is useless, you have two teams that in essence have no played each other. Here is where I like the talent and depth of talent for Georgia. It is also where the coaching of Peterson scares me. He’s better than my Richt and I know it. Although Richt is not a dummy and can coach when he chooses too.

You would be correct about Georgia’s 4th quarter woes last year. We sux’d. Is it a problem this year? Unlikely, not a usual UGA trait. Does it remain? We’ll see but, I wouldn’t bet on it.

Laker

June 9th, 2011
4:56 pm

UGA only scored 15 a game against ranked teams in 2010.

Without AJ Green, Kris Durham, Ealey, top 3 scorers, it will be worse.

Boise gets over 30 a game against ranked teams.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
4:56 pm

Boy our program has come a long way since we are picked to lose against Boise St.

Bill you say the next week is more important, sorry but if you cant beat a team that was an unknown 8 yrs ago you have to look yourself in the mirror

You lose to Boise it doesnt say much about your team even if you win the East

Boise in ATL

June 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

Gary – Middle pack teams are middle pack teams. Yes, the #5 SEC team is as good as most conferences #3 team. But your bottom teams are as bad as other bottom teams.

Just using facts – what place did Colorado wind up in the B12 last year?
Colorado was a bad team – yet was the better team against Georgia – and the won the game.

Just saying………

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
4:57 pm

What a flipping crock that any fan’s outlook is the “cause” of anything? Aren’t you a fan Snoop? Aren’t you an alumni? Why then is your influence not kicking in? Tell us all what you “demand” and how?

Nothing, not a damn thing. Talk.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:03 pm

Funny none of the BSU fans even try to debate how sorry the competition is they face on a yearly basis.Snoop I guess Bill didn’t like me asking you about your particulars during your supposed UGA education… but anyway I say u are a fraud

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
5:05 pm

We lose to Boise I hope we go 0-12

Hopefully then the kool-aid crowd will finally have enough of watching a proud program stoop to the level of Boise while Boise moves to the level of Georgia

Bob

June 9th, 2011
5:06 pm

I hope we win; however, if we aren’t competitive, Richt and his coaches should be fired the next day. We’ve got three months to prepare, plus we know what BS will do on offense and defense. Put our best players on the field, not just those with the most senority.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:09 pm

Flat tire is that you Snoop?

Snoop Dawg

June 9th, 2011
5:09 pm

AltamahaDawg-

Snoop Dawg has been demanding that Richt and Bobo (and Martinez) be fired for the past three years. My cries, and those of others, have been neutralized by all the “Richt is a good Christian” losers, those who apologize for his completed across the board incompetence whether it is coaching strategy, putting together a staff, discipline, motivation, strength and conditioning, usw. Only when the majority of the fan base and alumni rise up and demand change will it happen. Those apologists and defenders are just making it worse, longer, and uglier. They are traitors to the Bulldawg Nation which stands for everything that Richt and Bobo are not.

1eyedJack

June 9th, 2011
5:10 pm

tide roll – “Also, and this is important UGA supporters, your offensive coordinator’s wife should not be BARB DOOLEY’S NEICE!!”

What the puck does that have to do with the price of gasoline?

Snoop Dawg

June 9th, 2011
5:14 pm

…and that goes for your cat, too…

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
5:15 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88

No if you come on this blog I think you would know that

I guess Im not your cup of tea either since my comments dont taste the same as the kool-aid you must be drinking

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:15 pm

So Snoop you was one the idiots crying for Richt to be fired after the 08 season?Do tell…exactly why should he have been fired after 08?We lost 2 SEC games…both teams finished the season undefeated and one won the NC

Snoop Dawg

June 9th, 2011
5:18 pm

Southgadawg, please see your attorney. The more you write the more you display your ignorance. We should have won the National Championship with that future NFL all-star team we had that year. We wound up playing Michigan State. GET WITH IT, SONNY…

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:18 pm

Flat tire I’ve been on this blog for years…I notice a lot of guys have multiple handles but spit out the same garbage.What’s your other 5?

Beast from the East

June 9th, 2011
5:18 pm

I’ll be pulling for the Dawgs to win that one but it won’t be easy. Boise State comes to play in these type of games and they have some really fine football players. They may not be the 4-5 star guys that we associate with elite programs but they sure do play like they are in big games.
Best of luck, Dawgs.

Bob

June 9th, 2011
5:19 pm

@SOUTHGADAWG88…I’ll stick up for Snoop. First of all, I don’t think he’s an idiot as he’s expressing his opinion just like you’re expressing yours. Second, anyone who doesn’t think Richt should be fired after the past two seasons is an idiot. Just my opinion.

The Boise State game

June 9th, 2011
5:20 pm

Right up until the final gun, the UGA/Boise State game is VERY crucial for UGA. UGA needs this win far more than Boise State. Heck, Boise could lose like 32-27 and it will look like a moral victory for them. UGA’s D will be in big T in the blogs, etc. if the Broncs score 26-34 points and UGA looks confused or not in it emotionally.

The UGA Atlantan boo birds will be howling. Boise can go home with a close, well fought loss, score 48 on every body else and by November, if they handle TCU, will be in the Top 12 with a nice bowl on their horizon. They do not need this game like UGA does and for different reasons.

The second after the final gun vs Boise, the SC game for UGA is the NUMBER 1 game. Lose both and right at the moment is could be very, very ugly for the UGA prgoram and CMR. He knows this too.

UGA could still recover from an 0-2 start, win the East over Florida, if Florida handles SC and SC loses another game. This is very, very realistic for UGA, quite frankly. No, it is not what we alumni expect or want but it could start out just like this.

Goooooooo Dogs.

UGA 71 & 73

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:27 pm

Bob explain that last statement

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:30 pm

18 players lost from the 2 deep in 08.Lost the best OL and DL on the team by game 1.Hell had that been known prior to the pre season rankings coming out UGA would NOT have been ranked in the top 10 let alone preseason no 1.Let’s not let the facts get in the way of a good rant though

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
5:30 pm

Bob

Richt should be fired if he loses to FL again this year

Enough is enough.

If you continue to lose to the same team over and over which is a very important game for you getting into the championship then why are you paying this guy a top 10 salary. Thats just ignorant

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
5:32 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88

I dont have another handle and Ive been on here for years as well. Like Bob said people have an opinion but your one of those types if no one agrees with your stupidity then your out of my club

get the picture

June 9th, 2011
5:36 pm

Boise in Atlanta, Keep talking, there are at least 8 SEC teams that would have the same record as Boise if they played the Broncos pathetic schedule.

Bob

June 9th, 2011
5:37 pm

Right on Flat! SouthGa, your defense makes no sense. Aren’t we paying Richt enough money so he can keep our pipeline full? Why did he start Cox in every game, especially the OkSt when he was sick? And when Cox continued to prove himself ineffective? I don’t think we’re getting our money’s worth with CMR…do yo?

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:38 pm

So I’m stupid because I’m not buying that non sense you guys are spitting out.You probably thought Richt should have been fired after 08 too huh.You guys don’t make any serious case for your “opinions” but you are welcome to express them.I will feel free to challenge anything I feel is garbage too.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:41 pm

Hell yeah Bob…You know I remember great ole UGA before Mark Richt got here…maybe you don’t.As for Joe Cox…hey I told all you guys we were in for struggle with Cox at the helm…looking back though we didn’t have too many options I guess….Logan Gray?be serious…Murray had a bad shoulder so pulling his red shirt would have been an idiot move IMO.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
5:43 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88

Please feel free to explain this below. Or should I say please feel free to try to pass your Kryptonite kool-aid explanation for this

A losing record against top 10 teams
13-12 in the SEC EAST since 2006
2-8 vs FL
30+ ARRESTS in 4 yrs
11 ARRESTS last yr
Put friendship ahead of the program in refusing to fire Martinez
Has lost 2 times to KY once to Vanderbilt in the last 5 yrs

All while putting more NFL players than FL has during Richts tenure
Ranking 4th among NCAA schools in putting players in the NFL since 1999 and
Having a decade straight except last yr in top 10 recruiting classes

Whats the explanation

Bob

June 9th, 2011
5:44 pm

SouthGa, I don’t think you’re stupid…I think you are a loyal Dawg fan, but please look at the facts. Richt has always been a great person, a fine Christian, but recently just an average coach (paid $3M). I think we can do better. How many more losses to UF do we have to endure?

Bob

June 9th, 2011
5:48 pm

Flat…let me take a shot. A football program in turmoil? A head coach too stubbon and too loyal to make the tough decisions? A former AD too unqualified? And, a head coach who has let the game pass him by? I think we can do better.

defensive minded bulldog fan

June 9th, 2011
5:50 pm

our defense is going to win lots of games for us this year. South Carolina being the big test.If we win the first two who knows what happens.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
5:52 pm

I will add lost to UCF a Div II school just 10 yrs ago in conference USA, cannot even go for a 4th and inches against, thats right a conference USA team in a meaningless bowl game. give me a break

PB

June 9th, 2011
5:52 pm

Just looking at the SEC schedule losses & wins…………… pathetic.

Besides Auburn the only other 2-3 decent teams in the SEC still lost 3+ games??

LOL……… Boise would run through this schedule by pure virtue of facts!

Boise might have struggled against Auburn, but would beat Alabama, Ark, and SC.

AND GEORGIA CAN’T EVEN BEAT UCF………..

Boise in ATL

June 9th, 2011
5:54 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88 – there is nothing to debate – We want to be in a better conference – but it’s hard to join a fraternity when you are not invited. It is what it is.

We have outgrown our conference – to keep improving in stature and to have shot at getting into another conference we have to play the Georgia’s of the world when given the opportunity.

Again – I realize that the Georgia’s, Oregon’s and Va Tech’s of the world have much more to lose than to gain – so again – thanks to the University of Georgia for playing us.

I do wish that maybe the the TFL would invite us. (TFL = TEXAS FOOTBALL LEAGUE – formerly known as the Big 12). But Texas would have to approve.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
5:58 pm

Boise from ATL

Texas is a bunch of wimps theyre not going to invite you they dont even want a conference championship so they dont have to worry about losing an opportunity to play a NC. They are in a conference like you guys are. They only have Oklahoma to play