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

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
5:59 pm

Well let’s see…how many teams in the nation have a winning record against the top 10?I bet you wont find many.If I’m not mistaken FLA lost what 4-5 games total with Tebow?I guess every other team they played sucked too.Oh the arrests…well I guess if 80 percent of those arrest weren’t for minor infractions I would be more concerned bout such.I know FLA had triple the traffic citations but 0 arrest for them…I don’t know maybe the Gainsvile and Athens PD see some things differently.
Moving on along…we lost 2 SEC east games in 07,1 in 08,3 in 09 and 2 last year so yeah we have just been awful in our division I guess

SugarHillDawg

June 9th, 2011
6:01 pm

If Bill King thinks BSU wants this game more than UGA how in the blue HELL does he think we’ll do anything the rest of the season? It’s win or bust for CMR period!!!

get the picture

June 9th, 2011
6:05 pm

Flat tire, any arrest so far this year? New strength and conditioning program, recruiting and developing the right players and talent to play the 3-4. Give it a rest Richt is the coach at UGA and will remain the coach at UGA despite your repetitive rantings, if you don’t like it donate more money and call Mcgarity. Your doing no one in the bulldog nation any favors pulling out selective stats and past player indiscretions. If Richt can’t get things done I am sure he will be replaced.2010 is over , grow a pair and get over it.

UGAKEV

June 9th, 2011
6:08 pm

To my fellow Dawg fans, Don’t fall into the haters hands over this game. If Georgia beats Boise State 63-0 The haters will come in here and say well If Boise State wouldnt of threw 5 interceptions in the second quarter the game would of been different , Georgia still sucks and is irrelevant. They would of lost to Last Years Boise State team, Georgia’s lucky they played a boise state team that was not good… These people come in here to try to bring you down and will say whatever they think will get under your skin. With a great defense this year Georgia will be fine because they will have enough on offense to score. I have not been this excited at seeing a Georgia Defense play since the days of pollack and thomas davis. As long as the Offense keeps the turnovers down, It will def be a double digit win season for the Dawgs. Georgias D-line will get to the Quarterback ALOT. Look for the linebackers to pick alot of balls off for the dawgs as the opposing teams QB will try to get rid of the ball with quick short routes. Dawg Fans, I cant begin to tell you at how big it’s going to be that Geathers stepped his game up at the level he has… Massive Nose guards need breathers and now we have two that will play at a high level at all times during the game. The opposing O-line will never get a break this season. Go DAWGS!!!

Bob

June 9th, 2011
6:08 pm

SouthGa, maybe you should quit while you’re ahead. I’m assuming you were a 1988 graduate from your handle. I was in the 1968 class, season ticket holder since then, and remember a lot more UGA football than you. It might surprize you to know that we OWNED UF for a long time. We had a great tradition in the SEC as well as nationally, that we don’t have now. Richt was a good coach for 2/3rds of his tenure; however, things have changed. If you don’t learn from your mistakes you are doomed to repeat them. Why not give an extra thousand to the Hartman Fund and tell them you want a better team. Just my opinion

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
6:09 pm

Talent on Defense has been our weakness for a couple of years IMO.Some of you guys must have thought Stafford and Moreno was all we needed….I didn’t.Last year’s D was one of the worst Richt has ever had….sure they mad a few modest improvements in a few areas but finishing last in the SEC in 3rd down conversions will get you beat in close games.It’s actually a testament to how far Mark Richt has brought this program for some loons to have been calling for his head after 08.Bottom line the talent has returned on D this year…look for the record to reflect that this year.

mgdawg

June 9th, 2011
6:10 pm

isn’t it bad that boise state’s biggest game is against a team that went 6-7 last year? Honestly, hopefully, I hope we see a repeat of a few years ago. Wow boise, you beat an acc team last year that lost to james madison, congrats. Come down to SEC country and find out what real football is.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
6:12 pm

Bob the 88 is reference to the birth of my first son.I went to my first UGA game in 63 so I know a little about UGA football.You seem to forget the last 4 years of Dooley and all of Ray Goff’s and Jim Donnan’s tenures at UGA

Bob

June 9th, 2011
6:13 pm

SouthGa…are you Katherine Richt?

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
6:14 pm

get the picture

No he wont be gone because kool-aid drinkers like you will keep him on because you love those meaningless 10 win seasons while other fans in this conference demand championships

Oh and stats dont lie about where your or your companies at among its competitors, but Im sure you dont have a real job or you would GET THE PICTURE. In a real job your hired to produce and perform.

Richt makes a top 10 salary. That means your paid to take your team to an elite level.

But you dont understand that because you work as a janitor at the varsity where your not paid to perform

Now you grow a pair and finish cleaning that toilet

Hitcher

June 9th, 2011
6:15 pm

42 is the answer.

Comments are now closed. ;-)

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
6:15 pm

Vince didn’t exactly dominate the SEC during his tenure.He was good but let’s not get carried away Bob

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
6:16 pm

Yeah Flat tire about what I expect from a 20 year old.I probably have shoes older than you.

Les Miles = winner; CMR = not so much

June 9th, 2011
6:17 pm

you d/a dawg fans crack me up….”Boise ain’t never seen a defense as big and fast as ours”…you said the same thing about UCF, Colorado, and the other 5 teams that kicked dat azz last year…Boise will be more than ready for you losers…Boise 33 UGA-y 22…

powerhouse?

June 9th, 2011
6:17 pm

Bob says that the game has passed Rickt by….LOL!

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
6:21 pm

Going by today’s standards ole Vince would have been fired before the 1980 season

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
6:22 pm

Les Miles has a losing record against Richt

Bob

June 9th, 2011
6:22 pm

You’re right SouthGa…Richt might be the best (and most expensive per win) coach we’ve ever had. Listen to Flat; he’s a loyal fan like you that is not satisfied with mediocrity…not happy with “wait until next year’…and he thinks we have the facilities/tradition/money/athletes to do better. Of course, these are just my opinions, based on nothing but facts. Peace and I’m out of here.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
6:23 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88

about what I expect from a 20 year old. Really but get the picture is not classed as a tweenty yr old

oh and you multiply it by 2 and add some yrs

and yes you probably have shoes that old because you dont have the better sense to realize the bad condition their in just like you cannot see the condition this program has been in since Van-Gorder left

Ogeechee Dawg

June 9th, 2011
6:32 pm

Boise in ATL – enjoy reading your posts.

I agree that UGA is a sleeping giant – Richt has made a lot of changes to address the issues – new DC, new SC coach, and let’s hope that our player development has improved as well.

As far as OLINE – our former OL coach went to Texas – good move on his part as the OLINE has been weak and an issue for several seasons. He was a prime candidate to seek other employment – glad to see someone else getting a shot.

What this all adds up to is – I hope – a greater focus on being a better team.

I applaud Richt for making the changes – and understand the growing pains during the transitions.

Now let’s put on the helmets – let’s settle it on the field – let the best team win.

UGAKEV

June 9th, 2011
6:36 pm

LesMiles, If you think that the 2011 UGA Football team plays and looks the exact same than the 2010 team then you are the biggest idiot ever when it comes to knowing anything remotely about college football.

Still@theBAR

June 9th, 2011
6:41 pm

College football to only sport you can argue 24/7/365 and in the end NOTHING is Proved. The only thing we know after the Season is that some teams won and some teams lost but we have NO IDEA WHO is the BEST TEAM as it was played on the field.

Bob

June 9th, 2011
6:41 pm

One last comment. I think we’ll beat Boise, because CMR will be coaching like his job is on the line. Too bad he doesn’t coach this way all the time. Peace…………

get the picture

June 9th, 2011
6:44 pm

Flat tire you missing the tickle pile, if you’re not a Tech fan you missed your true calling. Big and brave behind that key board doling out adolescent insults.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
6:45 pm

This has been rather entertaining actually..No I am not a blind homer..I have stated over and over that a defensive drop off in talent has more to do with UGA’s record than anything else.However ultimately recruiting falls back on the HC so yes CMR has to be held accountable for it.Moving forward this year’s bunch is the most talented UGA defense since the BVG years IMO.

Hey a few short years ago guys like Meyer,Carrol,Tressel and Mack Brown were considered the creme de la creme of the college football world.Great recruiters,awesome staffs etc…there were tons of “these guys know how to run a program” talk going around about this bunch….where are they now?Mack Brown is the only one still coaching and he’s coming off of a less than stellar year.Programs dip occasionally…it happens to them all…but great coaches rebound.As I said Dooley would have never gotten to raise that trophy following some of you guy’s logic.

The as the Georgia Tragedy turns.....

June 9th, 2011
6:49 pm

UGAKEV : You are totally illogical and totally delusional. Please stop telling lies and drinking kool-aid. You’re sounding like and are a FOOL on this blog. Congratulations you reprobate.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
7:01 pm

get the picture

funny you want to call me a tech fan

Seems to me you love mediocrity just like those from the North Ave High school

Like Tech fans no substance to your posts

ARdawg

June 9th, 2011
7:13 pm

Boise in ATL

That’s a nice chant and mantra, the frats and all but the brass tacks are, you have to bring something to a conference, any conference with intentions of improving the conference and yourselves. That is just not the case and quite honestly if Boise could hold out and be good year in and year out it may behoove BSU to go independent.

I don’t know from memory but I don’t suspect you have 95,000 seats in the Smurf turf stadium and if you did you couldn’t sell it out. The fantasy BS is okay but don’t get to far removed from the realities of economics.

I like Boise, I always have and I enjoy watching them play. It is a great football school and that alone garners good respect in the South. Boise if it has the “wherewithall” will break that barrier of a respected conference eventually but, they’ll have to bring something to the table. Face it, nobody wants to go to Boise to play. It’s far, it’s colder than a well-digger’s azz and for god’s sake, get rid of that blue turf if you wish to be taken seriously

get the picture

June 9th, 2011
7:14 pm

Flat tire you do nothing but cry and moan about Mark Richt. Pony up and donate more than the minimum Hartman fund contribution and voice your opinion with a letter or call to McGarity.Your posts are redundant and stale.

ARdawg

June 9th, 2011
7:17 pm

Ah geesh, here we go again with only the high dollar contributors are real fans kaka

Beat Downs Galore from FL

June 9th, 2011
7:18 pm

Boy I just love to see these wimp UGA fans on here who love wallering in mediocrity and thinking after a decade of the crap that 2011 things are going to change

You fans have been non-existant since the early 80’s

Hey keep it up, we love beating the crap out of you, and

I hope you enjoy watching us play for an SEC championship almost every year

Thank Goodness our fans dont put up with consistant losing

LOSERS

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
7:24 pm

get the picture

Im still waiting on a post from you with substance

oh

and I dont hate Richt, I hope he turns things around but personally I dont think he will do it. Enough is enough with the same ol thing

Hey Im fine with 8 win seasons and losing to FL every year but stop making fans have to make extra donations for crap performances

and how many times are you going to post about donating more to the hartman fund.

Talk about redundant please read your own stuff for a change moron

Still@theBAR

June 9th, 2011
7:33 pm

Since Richt did some rearranging of deck chairs we will see if the USS Richt Bozo will still sink. I am betting that it still sinks even with the easiest schedule in the nation.
I hope Hutson Mason has his transfer papers ready if he doesn’t play a lot in the first games.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
7:35 pm

get the picture

funny how herschel walker and fran tarkenton spoke out last year about the same crap Ive said

but I guess they’re tech fans too right moron

Still@theBAR

June 9th, 2011
7:43 pm

Crowell has been working hard this summer getting ready for UGA. He has finished two coloring books already and half way through the third.

Score: -32

Man I can’t believe more UGA fans didn’t vote down my VENT posting. I guess even most Dawg Fan know the truth when they read it.

TREADER

June 9th, 2011
7:43 pm

I DON’T SEE HOW UGA CAN KNOCK OFF THE MIGHTY BOISE, WHO AVERAGES 32 A GAME AGINST RANKED TEAMS, WHEN THE LOWLY UGA ONLY AVERAGES 16 POINT S A GAME AGAINST RANKED TEAMS. HERE’S HWO I GOES:

MURRAY THROWS 3 INTERCEPTIONS AND LOSES 1 FUMBLE AND THEN TRIES TO MAKE UP FOR IT THE REST OF THE 2ND HALF (THINK FLORIDA ALL OVER AGAIN)

BOISE 48, UGA 32

680 Belue

June 9th, 2011
7:48 pm

Bosie is almost like sn nfl team and we got injuries. We do not have NFL talent at every postion nor at depth. This will be a close one.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
7:51 pm

Yes I know what Snoop Dawg has done. I was actually talking about you, the man, Not the cartoon blog persona. YOU. The fan, the customer, the actual person that wears real pants. What have YOU done? letters, calls, faxes, visits, money, actually said any of thise stuff to people who really know you? Anything? How about this, why not reveal to all your freinds , family, and people you work with, you blog handle and see if they can get behind this movement with you? Hmm? No? easier to just stike your online ego. All Talk. As far as action YOU and SouthgaDawg are exactly the same.

TREADER

June 9th, 2011
7:55 pm

KELLEN MOORE COMPLETES 59% OF 15-29 YARD PASSES, AND 60% AT 30+ PASSES.

MURRAY’S COMPLETION ON HIS 5 YARD PASSES IS LESS THAN 60%.

munsondawg

June 9th, 2011
7:58 pm

Good to see all the people who have NEVER even attended a GA game post here. You folks must really be bored. This game for GA is important, very important. I’ll be there. heck, I go to the majority of them. have been for 15 yrs. as a season ticket holder. One thing is for sure. Don’t bring little kids to this one. Gonna be crazy in the GA Dome come the 1st weekend in September. GO Dawgs!!!!!

Still@theBAR

June 9th, 2011
8:02 pm

munsondawg
Kids and Women don’t ever need t go to a UGA game. The Drunk Cussing Redneck UGA males are unbearable no matter where the games is played.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
8:04 pm

Bit of a back hand slap there AtamahaDawg eh?Well I have actually encouraged a few local kids to go to UGA over there years.One just graduated,one’s on the way this year with another behind him next year..like to think I’m on good terms with one of our greatest ever players(he wasn’t one of greatest HC’s but that’s as close as I’ll ever get to knocking him)No I didn’t go to UGA…I served 30 years in the US Navy …but SOUTHGADAWG IS ALL DAWG friend

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
8:07 pm

Nate Lewis,Chris McCranie,Greg Bright they all know me…of course some of you might not know who any of those kids are

Beat Downs Galore from FL

June 9th, 2011
8:11 pm

Blahahahahah

keep it going. Here’s some more Gatorade its full of juice that helps you losers lose yr after yr

FL 38 UGA 12 2011

get the picture

June 9th, 2011
8:13 pm

Flat Tire, Sophomoric insults, someone voices an opposing opinion and “moron” is the best you’ve got.
This UGA squad has the talent to have a very successful season. South Carolina will always be South Carolina a team we have dominated since we began playing football against them,, Florida is in transition, and the UGA – Florida series has historically been cyclical. We will soon find out if the changes he’s made will put the “luster” back on our program. I like many UGA fans are not happy with 8 win seasons, but that isn’t what Mark Richt has delivered during his tenure. Two off years do not define the program, if that were the case Bear Bryant wouldn’t have been at Alabama after back to back 6-5 campaigns in 70 or 71. I will support Coach Richt until he’s no longer employed at Georgia. Then I will support whomever the University hires, and if I don’t like it I will voice my displeasure with the people that made the decision.

get the picture

June 9th, 2011
8:17 pm

And you actually pay attention to Fran Tarkenton, obviously you never had the displeasure of his company.

get the picture

June 9th, 2011
8:21 pm

Yes last August Fran said we had big problems at Qb and Murray was going to be a bust.

SOUTHGADAWG88

June 9th, 2011
8:23 pm

GTP that he did…I think Fran feel Mark hasn’t shown him a proper amount of respect or something…He is not a Mark Richt fan for sure

munsondawg

June 9th, 2011
8:26 pm

Beat downs galore,

How’s that job search going? I know after you lost your job it devastated you and your family from what you posted awhile back on these blogs. Hope foreclosure is not in the cards as you were worried about it. Remember the fun you used to have? Keep trying to find work and do what you can………………

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

June 9th, 2011
8:26 pm

get the picture

You started the sophmoric insults when you told me to grow a pair

So if you dont wont to be insulted then dont start with the insults

Two off yrs thats funny, I went back to 06 which this actually started the 05 season with that Sugar Bowl loss to WV

Take a page from Ohio State, they beat Michigan 1 time in the 90’s wonder what they did, oh thats right if you dont beat your main rival you dont win the Big 10 so I think they found another coach. But you still are little behind on figuring that out with FL

Please stop using FL is cyclical

I will support Richt too unless he loses to Boise St and FL. Sorry you shouldnt lose to Boise and enough of losing FL its that simple. Even if he beats Boise, loses to SC beats FL loses a couple others fine

here maybe Fran can wake you up

http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=87&c=671&f=66449