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

Music City Dawg

June 9th, 2011
10:33 am

No. I think that for many Georgia fans, the Boise State game is the most important of Richt’s career. I hope he is treating it that way.

Athens= God's Country

June 9th, 2011
10:35 am

and Vice Versa. Go Dawgs!

WIN WITH RICHT!

TampaDAWG

June 9th, 2011
10:36 am

Lets crush their season! Go DAWGS!

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
10:38 am

Bichette is a big loss for Perno but you can’t blame him-$700,000!!

Boise plays 2 games a year. We are 1 of the 2 for 2011. How do they even get considered for anything? How do you judge/rate a football team that plays 9 or 10 patsies and 2 or 3 good teams?

Richt has to win this game. Period.

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
10:41 am

Bill

Is there any way you can watch out for and ban the little annoying one that posts all the inane stats about Murray and blathers on about Mett, Ealey and Gray??? He must change his blog handle 40 times a day.

All the regular bloggers would really appreciate not having to read that garbage.

MattyB

June 9th, 2011
10:42 am

Boise State could also make or break Georgia’s season.

Quick end to a looooong season

June 9th, 2011
10:43 am

Boise State 67, UGA 17.

Buh bye, Richt.

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
10:44 am

Quick end to a looooong season

June 9th, 2011
10:43 am
Boise State 67, UGA 17.

Buh bye, Richt.

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I’ll take some of that action. I can pay off my mortgage.

dawg4life

June 9th, 2011
10:44 am

That’s what scares me about boise they only have 1 or 2 big games a year . So naturally their gonna prepare for that game like its the nc then cruise control the rest ..as for a sec team just about week in and week out is a nc game …anyway go dawgs !

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
10:47 am

Lainey

June 9th, 2011
10:51 am
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.

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I’ll take that bet too.

I’m just winning all over the place today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

beauvighn

June 9th, 2011
10:49 am

I wish this game was being played outdoors in Sanford Stadium…The 90 degree heat and high humidity would be an advantage for the Dawgs…Indoors, it just another Idaho fall day.

Lainey

June 9th, 2011
10:51 am

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.

Athens= God's Country

June 9th, 2011
10:52 am

Quick end…

Do you really believe that? You must not know anything about football.

VDawg

June 9th, 2011
10:53 am

Matty B – true staement. However, UGA SHOULD break Boise State. AND – It should be all about the defense. Junk Yard Dawg!!

Boise States center is 5′11 and 285 lbs. Hello – meet Big John Jenkins amd Kwamae the Tsunami!
Fact – you can’t pass with your buttocks firmly rooted in the artificial turf.

JB

June 9th, 2011
10:53 am

For the Dawgs, the Boise game is huge. It’s US beating someone with some name recognition. For them ,beating us will be written up as beating a once proud program, a middle of the pack SEC team. Now, I don’t feel that way, but the National guys will write it that way….and most of you would agree.

Athens= God's Country

June 9th, 2011
10:55 am

Who drafted Bichette?

JB

June 9th, 2011
10:55 am

Lainey……………..please carry that back to the to the 2-3 bloggers on the Tech blog.

SouthSide Dawg

June 9th, 2011
10:55 am

Stay out of trouble, Dawgs. We can’t have that “sit out the first 2 games” stuff this year.

Ben

June 9th, 2011
10:56 am

The odd thing is, Boise plays the teams that are in their conference, and tried to schedule BCS teams for their non-conference games. Look, over the last 4 seasons, we’ve won in 2 games against Oregen, 1 against Oregon State, the epic opener last season against Virginia Tech, and you’ve all seen what we did against Oklahoma, and TCU in the 2 Fiesta Bowls. I admit that our conference schedule is not as tough as Georgia’s…. but, I don’t see any of the BSC conferences inviting us to play in their conference either. I also don’t see Georgia accepting a Home/Home against BSU – always a 1 and done…. We’re coming to your home again. Yep, last time we were there, you kicked our butts. It was embarassing. The Broncos have developed, ALOT, since 2005. That was 6 years ago – and the experience and talent we bring now is a whole different game. No smack-talk here – just saying that Boise State is trying to schedule BSC teams, and when we get one to play us (usually at THEIR field because they won’t come to Boise), we have a proven track record of coming out a winner. This is a huge game to both teams…. the difference is, EVERY game is a loser go home game for BSU….. that’s the beauty of the BCS system. Boise is foreced to go undefeated in order to get considered for anything. So, although our schedule isn’t as tough as yours, the expectations are also much greater if we want a big bowl game.

bruce mac

June 9th, 2011
10:58 am

The last three blotter reports have been Nat players. No Dawgs in the blotters these days, you idiots must reallly find some current material.

RabidDawgFan

June 9th, 2011
11:01 am

Boise just won’t be able to handle our defense guys. I’m telling you. They’ve never seen a defense with as much size and strength as we have. Not even Virginia Tech. And the speed. Oh my goodness. Jenkins and Geathers are going to have a field day on Thomas Byrd (Boise State’s center). Kwame did Ben Jones on G-day and Ben Jones is one of the best, grittiest centers in the country. Just imagine what he’ll do to someone almost half his size. Not to mention our linebackers with Ogletree, Jarvis Jones, Cornelius Washington and Robinson. I heard our secondary is getting better too at covering like a blanket. Watch out.

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
11:01 am

Lots of folks are predicting a shootout type of game but I don’t see it.
Boise’s D-line has 7 returnees that re really good. Our O-line is bigger but this could be quite a test.

Our D-line is much bigger than their O-line and our LB’s are fast and athletic enough to mask some secondary concerns/inexperience.

I see this as a 20-14 type of game. Our kicking game is much better than theirs and that could be the difference.

NWGA Dawg

June 9th, 2011
11:02 am

Ben

I tend to agree with most everything you said…we down here in the South are very proud of the SEC, and as you know it is the toughest conference year in and year out to play in.

I think very highly of BSU, and wish you all the luck other than against our DAWGS!!

With all the “playoff” format being discussed, I think that is something that would help your team out tremendously, as we have all seen how your coaches have STRONG game plans against the biggest named teams in the country.

Hope it is a good game in ATL…best of luck to you.

RabidDawgFan

June 9th, 2011
11:05 am

DE: Abry Jones
DT: John Jenkins/Kwame Geathers
DE: DeAngelo Tyson

OLB: Jarvis Jones
ILB: Alec Ogletree
ILB: Christian Robinson
OLB: Cornelius Washington

CB: Sanders Commings
FS: Bacarri Rambo
SS: Shawn Williams
CB: Brandon Boykin

Janet Amos

June 9th, 2011
11:06 am

BOIIIIIIIIIIIIISEEEEEE!!!!!!!!

STAAAAAAAAAAATE!!!!!!!

GO BRONCOS!!!!!!!

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
11:09 am

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
11:10 am
“If they beat Georgia in the opener the expectations and the season changes”

Why? Beacause they beat a team that lost to UCF in the Liberty Bowl and finished 6-7? Is Richt now selling his KoolAid outside of his little kingdom in Athens?

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Any truth to the rumor that Florida will never be considered for Chik Fil A opener because Varsity expressed major concerns about a potential onion ring shortage with Weis in town for that long?

SSIgator

June 9th, 2011
11:10 am

“If they beat Georgia in the opener the expectations and the season changes”

Why? Beacause they beat a team that lost to UCF in the Liberty Bowl and finished 6-7? Is Richt now selling his KoolAid outside of his little kingdom in Athens?

Big Dawg

June 9th, 2011
11:11 am

Lainey,

Just like Dawgin Lex, I am not a betting man but can I get some of that action I have a few bills I would like to pay off as well.

Go Dawgs

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
11:12 am

gotta love Florida fans.

They have a snake in the henhouse running the show down there now and they are singing his praises.

Wonder how long before they realize they have a UGA grad as head coach and start blaming losses on him?

How about after this:

Tennessee 21
Florida 20 (In the Swamp)

all they will say then is Muschamp is a Dawg and Weis is fat

DawginLex

June 9th, 2011
11:13 am

Boise State 0-4 vs the SEC

Props for scheduling us but you are going to be 0-5

Bronco Billy

June 9th, 2011
11:16 am

We’re going for the National Championship while Georgia is going for respectability.

We know we have to score a lot of points to have a chance at the title given the league we play in.

We will not let up on Georgia and I am sure people will be mad that we left the starters in the game well into the fourth quarter.

I just hope some people will understand why.

JBD

June 9th, 2011
11:16 am

DawginLes: I agree. I don’t see this game being a shoot out either. Because our O-line is much bigger, I can see CMR and Bobo running the ball a lot and eating up the clock. Just my thoughts…

Tinker Bell

June 9th, 2011
11:17 am

@Bronco Billy: Please, please don’t hurt us. We’re soooooooooooooo afraid.

RabidDawgFan

June 9th, 2011
11:17 am

Bronco Billy, what’s your team’s record vs. the SEC? Just wonderin’.

Bronco Billy

June 9th, 2011
11:18 am

We’re not playing the SEC, which we know is a tough conference. We play Georgia.

I have seen Georgia play the last two years. They have not been competitive in their league.

Z-Dawg

June 9th, 2011
11:19 am

I think Ben’s comments are very fair. There isn’t much they can do about their situation. They have to play their conference opponents and have a hard time getting the big boys to play against them. As a dawg fan it is frustrating though to know you have a gauntlet of TOUGH SEC slugfests every week, when you see other teams only have 2 tests a year and get National consideration because of it. I don’t have the answer, no real way to make it fair I guess. We can’t all play the same schedule.

Z-Dawg

June 9th, 2011
11:22 am

My other comment is to dawg fans. Please don’t just assume victory, or underestimate the Broncos. This isn’t 2002. Anybody that has watched UGA the last few year and watched Boise the last few years and STILL thinks we will just roll over them is blind. I’ll take a 1 point W.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
11:35 am

You take the term Kool-aid away from SSIgator and he is left mumbling jibberish. What that 9 times this week?

UGA Student

June 9th, 2011
11:39 am

As a fan I know that realistically we are rebuilding our offense, which is a disadvantage for us. However, Boise will still have to out score us to win, and with our improved defense that will prove difficult for them to do. Even if Richt decides that we are going to settle for field goals instead of using his proven TE’s, we should be difficult to beat. Should being the key word.

Barack Dawg

June 9th, 2011
11:40 am

Ben – you need to lose that conversation. You have tried to play teams – you mean you play teams on your terms and nothing else. Why did you turn down the Nebraska options? Don’t want to hear about Boise anymore. Want to be beat you and be done with you. There is no more upside to playing Boise. If we win – we should have and if we lose we should have.

sandman053

June 9th, 2011
11:40 am

Yeah I think the D plays real big in this game but hopefully the trick plays won’t throw them off (onside kick vs. Auburn)

zulucanibal

June 9th, 2011
11:41 am

This will be a coming out party the Defense…Boise O-line will be no match for Jenkins/Gathers show.

Wes

June 9th, 2011
11:42 am

I think Boise fans are aware of UGA’s talent on D. Obviously their strength is their front 7 with pure size and speed. Very scary. If they can shut down Boise’s offense they have a chance. The only problem is UGA needs to bring some offense. Boise State has an intelligent quick defense that is surprisingly good. Their D-line is very impressive and they came out and smacked Va Tech in the mouth last season. I don’t know if UGA can recover offensively if BSU comes out red hot like that. I’m hoping for a good game.

AltamahaDawg

June 9th, 2011
11:43 am

The preparation for the opener is more important than the final score. Win or lose, Georgia is going to be more prepared to challange for the East as a result of scheduling this game.

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FSUNoles

June 9th, 2011
11:46 am

breaking out the excuses already Mr. King. This game should be important to UGA…why should it not be a big deal? if you lose to boise state, you will def lose the SCAR…FSU will show you how to whip the squalking chickens from columbia.

get the picture

June 9th, 2011
11:52 am

Bronco Billy, I remember 2005 all too well , the Boise State fans in Athens predicting an easy victory,When told they would be leaving the stadium losing by 5 touchdowns they laughed and continued to boast.Last year you faced an ACC team which lost to james madison and was embarrassed bu Stanford in its bowl game. Virginia Tech played poorly shot itself in the foot on multiple occasions and still only lost by a field goal . I believe Georgia is a horrible physical match up for Boise, bigger, faster and more depth on both sides of the ball. Boise could win this game if Georgia doesn’t bring its “A” game, if (and that could be a very large if)the dogs play well it will be a very long drive back to Idaho.

sandman053

June 9th, 2011
11:53 am

Bring back Munson!!!

FSUNoles

June 9th, 2011
11:53 am

BRONOCBILLY – You are correct Sir. Mr. King is already making excuses saying this game is not important to UGA. They are most underachieving team I’ve seen in a long time. It is where talent is wasted or winds up in jail. BSU wins this game easily. 55-19

BIG JOE

June 9th, 2011
11:56 am

I HOPE, for ONCE IN A LONG TIME, that Richt & the DAWGS show up for this game –the way they use to play in his first few seasons. GO DAWGS!!!!!!!!!