Fan talk: How would late-season Dawgs match up with Boise State?

The Dogs looked bad in those awful uniforms and played even worse when they met Boise State. How would they do now? (Brand Sanderlin / AJC)

The Dogs looked bad in those awful uniforms and played even worse when they met Boise State. How would they do now? (Brand Sanderlin / AJC)

As we gear up for the renewal of the Deep South’s Oldest Rivalry, it’s time to answer some Junkyard Mail. …

Clark Colwell writes: Bill, I know it doesn’t mean much now, but I can’t help but wonder. If UGA played Boise State now instead of at the beginning of the season what kind of game do you think we would see? The defense is without question much better now. Team confidence is much higher. [Aaron] Murray and the offense are playing better. What do you think?

Georgia clearly played its worst game against the Broncos at the Georgia Dome to open the season and is a much better team now than it was then. Boise’s a really good team and clearly is still the best the Dogs have faced this season. But I think if they met now, it would be a much closer game. Vince Dooley said the other day that “if we played Boise State four times … maybe we’ll beat them once.” I think the odds might be a bit better than that. I’d take Georgia in an upset if they played now. Especially if the Dogs weren’t dressed like Power Rangers.

Chad Moon writes: Hello Bill, love your blog. I was born and raised a Bulldawg fan living just outside of Athens in Winterville. Oglethorpe County Class of ’92. But I now call Shreveport, Louisiana, home. My question to you is this … how crazy of a notion would it be for CMR to be named the SEC Coach of the Year? Saban, Miles, and that team quitter coach in Arkansas were all “supposed” to have good if not great teams this year anyway, right? After starting 0-2 everyone outside of the Bulldawg Nation had written off the Dawgs; but here they are at 7-2, (6-1) seven straight victories later. Granted, the teams they have beaten don’t have the most impressive records and Georgia hasn’t had to play the big three from the West Division, but you can only play the teams that fall into your schedule, right? I stand on my soap box now and declare IF Georgia wins the East division and goes to Atlanta that CMR should win the SEC Coach of the Year Award. What are your thoughts?

ESPN.com’s Chris Low doesn’t think it’s such a crazy idea. In his latest SEC superlatives tracker, he lists potential SEC coach of the year candidates as: 1. Les Miles, LSU. 2. Mark Richt, Georgia. 3. James Franklin, Vanderbilt. Assuming LSU wins out, I think Miles is probably a lock, even if Georgia wins the East. But if the Dogs were somehow to win the conference championship, I believe Richt would be the likely winner of coach of the year honors for his team’s remarkable turnaround from an 0-2 start. And he would deserve it.

Lucas Golub writes: Hey Bill, any chance there’s a fan Blackout of the Auburn game? I hate it when the team messes around with the uniform colors, but I love the visual of the whole stadium in black as well as the symbolism of solidarity and support for the team. This would be the perfect way to show the nation that Richt’s seat isn’t nearly as hot as the media has tried to make it all year and that the Bulldawg Nation is behind this team 100%.

Richt hasn’t called for a Blackout and I don’t think he’s likely to at this late stage. And so far I haven’t seen any fan momentum for one, either. While I like the black jerseys on the players, I think the whole Blackout thing involving the crowd was overdone. Georgia fans just getting there early and staying loud for the whole game is what Richt and the team need from us Saturday.

Hal Welch writes: Bill, just finished reading the mail blog again. In particular the part on [Isaiah] Crowell. A couple things people need to know and keep in mind when questioning his conditioning/toughness, etc. were the injury last year and the badly bruised rib in the Carolina game that the staff worried might even be cracked initially. He played the next week with the bad ribs, gathering some toughness votes from me. But beyond that, if you’ve never had a bruised/cracked rib what you need to know is that you just about cannot breathe, certainly can’t get a deep breath without extreme pain, so he probably did suffer some conditioning fallback there. In addition to that, the new high speed offense (which we begged for since David Greene left) is rattling off nearly 20 more plays a game than before. Crowell could carry the ball 25-30 times a game, which is a workhorse’s load, and still be off the field for 50+ plays. Give the kid a break (not you, other fans). Let’s let him get a full season under his belt. At one point a couple weeks back he was actually on a higher pace thru 6 games than [Marcus] Lattimore was in his freshman year according to another reporter I follow. Let’s not run him off and sour him before he turns 19, OK. GO DAWGS!

I agree that it’s way too early to be judging Crowell on anything other than his obvious lack of maturity. And you’re right about the nagging injuries holding him back. Let’s let him finish his first season before drawing any conclusions. And I still feel a whole lot better about Georgia’s offensive chances when he’s on the field!

Sands Orris writes: Why did [Mike] Bobo not start [Brandon] Harton at tailback the first series [against New Mexico State]? The kid works hard all season and finally gets his chance to start and they put [Branden] Smith back there. Just not cool!

I’m not sure why Smith started at tailback over Harton, but I think it likely was because he’s more experienced, even as a part-time offensive player. Bobo didn’t wait too long to give Harton the ball and didn’t hesitate to come back to him even after he fumbled on his first carry (which was still a terrific, extra-effort run). So I don’t think it was a knock on Harton that Smith started.

Steve Segrest writes: Hi Bill, could you write about our D.E.’s, they appear to be having very good seasons — but they rarely get any press compared to N.G.’s, LB’s, and secondary. Are they pro football material?

While the linebackers and defensive backs lead the Dogs in tackles made so far this season, the defensive ends have both been solid. Abry Jones is seventh on team with 15 solo tackles, 13 assists and four tackles for loss (sixth on team in that category). I don’t really follow NFL scouting, but I know some observers think he has pro potential. The other DE, DeAngelo Tyson, is 10th on the team with 11 tackles and nine assists (3.5 tackles for loss, good for eighth on team). I’ve seen him on some NFL watch lists as a player who could compete for a backup tackle job in the pros. Combined with John Jenkins and Kwame Geathers at nose guard, Jones and Tyson have given the Dogs a much improved defensive front this season, particularly against the run. It would be nice to see them create a bit more pressure on the quarterback, though.

Jeff Walker writes: What ever happened to Ken Malcome as far as talent? Last year Coach Richt said there were times he wished he had put him in, and pulled his redshirt. Now we hear about him in all this trouble with the other backs. I was just wondering was he out because of an injury or just didn’t produce this past off season?

Malcome is a bit of a mystery. He was plagued by nagging injuries but even when he has been healthy he obviously hasn’t impressed the coaching staff and was passed on the depth chart by Harton. The abortive departure from the team and now the recent suspension certainly haven’t improved his standing. You’ve got to wonder if he might not consider transferring after this season.

Sonya Graham writes: Can you tell me the best spot to tailgate?

It depends on whether you’re willing to haul your tailgating gear onto campus or prefer to eat near where you park. If it’s the latter, any of the church or school lots selling game day parking near campus are a good bet. But if you want to be actually on campus, the choicest spots are along Lumpkin Street and in the Meyers quadrangle, which has become ground zero for tailgating since the restrictions on North Campus drove most tailgaters out of that former hot spot.

Billy Johnson writes: Hi Bill. A few years ago I remember reading somewhere about expansion thoughts at Sanford Stadium. I know they mentioned not wanting to block the bridge in any expansion plans. I think they had talked about drawing up a plan to leave a gap for the bridge to still be visible, but closing in that end by building above that and having kind of a cut-out for the bridge. Have you heard anything else about any of this? I know we lose a lot of crowd noise (which we really need at home games) by having that end of the stadium open. I think AD Greg McGarity has noticed some issues with our lack of noise by tinkering with the band and student sections.

Actually, the long-range seating expansion plans unveiled in 2008 were for the east end of the stadium, not the bridge end, though I know someone did draw up a mock-up for an expansion that would allow a “window” into the stadium at the bridge end. Problem is, it would ruin the view out of the stadium, which UGA officials have indicated they’d like to preserve. So apparently if and when they get around to it, they’ll add more suites and upper level seating on the east side. The proposed addition would bring the stadium’s capacity to 101,766. No word on when they might get to this plan.

John from Cairo writes: We have the best look in football, but I’d wear white pants with red jerseys and red pants with white jerseys (Herschel in Tennessee). Can the silver britches.

Wash out your mouth! Got to disagree with you about the silver britches, though I wouldn’t mind the occasional revival of the red pants for road games. (They still look good in those clips of Herschel Walker wearing them as he plows over Bill Bates!)

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280 comments Add your comment

Bremen Dawgs

November 10th, 2011
10:47 am

GATA bulldogs D.

really

November 10th, 2011
10:48 am

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 10th, 2011
10:53 am

Enter your comments here”How would late-season Dawgs match up with Boise State?”

Doesn’t matter because they lost the first time.

djdawg

November 10th, 2011
10:56 am

chilidawg

November 10th, 2011
10:56 am

Obviously, it doesn’t matter. We had a chance to vault ourselves into the national picture after a terrible season and it appeared that the coaching staff didn’t even bother to prepare for Boise St.

Fotball Guy

November 10th, 2011
10:56 am

Lets see how long Richt lasts next year when Uga has a normal schedule instead of the EASIEST football schedule ever in the history of NCAA like this year.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 10th, 2011
10:56 am

Fotball Guy

What is UGA’s schedule like next year?

UGA '05

November 10th, 2011
10:58 am

Can’t believe a UGA fan said get rid of Silver Britches! My Jaw droppped at the thought of it! Keep the Silver Britches!

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
10:59 am

2010 BCS CHAMPS

Doesn’t matter because they lost the first time
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Thank you oh jedi master of the obvious.

BMDPD

November 10th, 2011
10:59 am

Fotball Girl, we have a good sked next year too.

AceDawg

November 10th, 2011
10:59 am

UGA football stadium expansion sounds nice, so long as the Dawgs fans are sure to sell them out.

I think UGA would play Boise State better now, but I also thought they’d beat Boise the first time around (because they have the talent to do so). Still, we should recall that UGA hasn’t beat a single quality team yet, and their performances against Auburn and Ga Tech will be the most revealing. I’m optimistic, but calling Richt a possible Coach of the Year would be a real injustice to the other great coaches in the league until Richt finishes the drill. Frankly, if UGA doesn’t win the SEC championship, I don’t think he’ll have earned such an honor. I like the resurgence in UGA’s confidence though and wish him well.

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
11:00 am

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 10th, 2011
10:56 am
Fotball Guy

What is UGA’s schedule like next year?

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Still being worked on due to adding Mizzou. Rumor has it we will go to Mizzou and keep Ole Miss and drop Bama.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 10th, 2011
11:04 am

Please no Blackout!!!!!

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
11:06 am

2010 BCS champ’s comeback lines

1.)calls you a girl
2.)calls you gump
3.)tells you that you live in a double wide
4.)tells you that you are a redneck
5.)tells you that you live in your mother’s basement
6.)tells you that you have a boyfriend
7.)tells you that Cam Newton is honest
8.)tells you that you clean bathrooms for a living
9.)tells you that you work at McDonald’s
10.)tells you that Houser never did anything wrong

Feel free to add others.

So predictable.

DawgByte

November 10th, 2011
11:08 am

It would be a closer game, but the difference is experience and QB play and in both areas Boise St. has the edge. Personally, I think they deserve a shot at the National Title. We won’t know how for real Boise’s program is until they get an opportunity at that final test. I think Boise St. can play with any team in America. Their QB is off the chain. His completion percentage is insane.

Newman

November 10th, 2011
11:09 am

Tailgating is not allowed along Lumpkin Street by ACCPD order. And the pants aren’t silver, they are grey. For some reason Nike says they cannot make actual silver pants.

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
11:10 am

#10 is Housel

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
11:11 am

dawgbyte

I agree. I don’t know if they could beat Bama or LSU but to not give them a chance is crazy.

Desert Fox

November 10th, 2011
11:11 am

Hate to say it, but have to agree w/coach Dooley that BSU would beat GA again. Those guys could play blind folded and play on instinct alone and win. They are that good IMO. Would like to see a rematch in a bowl game and could happen if UGA wins out.

No more smoke and mirrors w/blackouts and what not. No more distractions needed just concentrate on execution, playcalling and coaching. Beat AU!!

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 10th, 2011
11:17 am

I noticed one of those way to early Bowl Predicion websites that had Boise playing Alabama in th eSugar Bowl. It also had us in the Chick Fil a Bowl against Va Tech again.

UGA would...

November 10th, 2011
11:20 am

…as TB would say, get boatrace by Boise State no matter when they played this year…

icedawg

November 10th, 2011
11:22 am

Dawgs are definitely improved from first game, but I would suspect so has Boise State. A rematch probably would not turn out much different. Having said that the Dawgs have definitely improved over the course of the season. If they win out and win the SEC championship it would have been an unbelievable season. Anything is possible. Go DAWGS!

Dawg48

November 10th, 2011
11:22 am

Has any one heard any thing who may be the next coach at ole miss?

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
11:25 am

BCS champ would be upset to learn that Malzahn is probably # 1 target for Ole Miss

Dawg48

November 10th, 2011
11:27 am

@Dawginlex
I have heard his name is in the mix, I also heard mike leach.

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
11:28 am

Yeah. Malzahn and smart are on the list too but why would they want to face their old employer each year?

Hey Dawgs Fans...

November 10th, 2011
11:30 am

give Boo Malcome the ball about 10 times against Auburn and I bet he wont disappoint us….

Palm City Dawg

November 10th, 2011
11:30 am

I think we should try often to wear red pants with white jerseys for road games.

BoiseBronco

November 10th, 2011
11:30 am

Whatever UGA does………….. let’s hope they continue to win, UGA and fans may not even know it.. but if they continue to win, they will be a big part of the BCS mess that Boise fans like to see.

Keep it up UGA!

robodawg

November 10th, 2011
11:32 am

I’d like the fan blackout to return again one day, but not until we’re a solid top 10 program again. Then maybe once every season or every other season. The Auburn game is perfect for it. But don’t overdo it.

Flat Tire on I-95 in Jacksonville

November 10th, 2011
11:34 am

We would lose to Boise…. why?

Because in every big game this staff goes conservative

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 10th, 2011
11:34 am

If I where Ole Miss I would look at the young OC in Texas Tech, Neal Brown. He was Tubervilles first hire. He is only 30 but hell its Ole Miss, go give him a look.

zbulldawg

November 10th, 2011
11:35 am

This is not the same UGA team that was 0-2. THIS THE DREAM TEAM! DON’T FORGET WE STILL HAVE 4 games left At seasons end RICHT should be named COACH OF THE YEAR ! You negative whom ever YOU HAVE NOT SEEN NOTHING YET!!!!!!!!!! GO DAWGS SICK EM

SugarHillDawg

November 10th, 2011
11:35 am

What kinda question is this?? All I care about and all WE need to care about is how we match up with the teams left on our schedule!!!!!!!!!!

Dawg48

November 10th, 2011
11:35 am

That’s true…… I was wondering about the mike leach deal though….
That offense he runs would be one of a kind in the SEC.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

November 10th, 2011
11:36 am

Bill, thanks for always looking backwards. You have confirmed that everyone in this program always looks back (i.e. 1980, Lindsey Scott, Buck Belue, etc.) and no one ever looks forward.

As an update, Boise was ranked, beat the crap out of you, and yes, you would lose again. All of your wins this year are against unranked teams, you might squeak by Auburn, but the chances are slim and none, with slim going out the door.

JDawg1785

November 10th, 2011
11:36 am

Boo has definitely been one of the season’s biggest mysteries. I wonder if there’s something going on there that we just aren’t hearing about. He seems too talented to just chill on the bench.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 10th, 2011
11:37 am

“Still being worked on due to adding Mizzou. Rumor has it we will go to Mizzou and keep Ole Miss and drop Bama.”

UGA rarely plays Bama. Not sure what you mean by “drop” Bama.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

November 10th, 2011
11:38 am

SugarHillDawg

Totally agree with your comment, instead of focusing on Auburn handing you your helmets, this guy is trying to go back and somehow reconcile the Boise game. UGA lost both times against ranked oppoents, and yes, Boise would rip you.

UGA is not a top-tier program, and really has no chance of returning to top-tier status, unless the entire program is gutted.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 10th, 2011
11:38 am

“2010 BCS champ’s comeback lines”

Why are you such a liar?

Dawg48

November 10th, 2011
11:38 am

@lowcountry
Do you not think ole miss will fork out some money this time and go after a big name coach?

robodawg

November 10th, 2011
11:38 am

Gotta agree about keeping the upper west end zone open. That view out over the hills of Athens is priceless.

2010 BCS CHAMPS

November 10th, 2011
11:39 am

“BCS champ would be upset to learn that Malzahn is probably # 1 target for Ole Miss”

He’s the number 1 target for a lot of schools.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

November 10th, 2011
11:40 am

2010 BCS CHAMPS

Rumor has it that you will be moving to the SEC section that contains Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and South Carolina…….best of luck!

JDawg1785

November 10th, 2011
11:41 am

2010, he means that Georgia is scheduled to play Bama in Tuscaloosa in 2012, but that the game would have to be dropped from the schedule to make room for Missouri.

robodawg

November 10th, 2011
11:42 am

@2010 BCS champs
Bama rotates onto our schedule next year. The question is whether they stay on our schedule next year or get dropped.

SSIgator

November 10th, 2011
11:42 am

“Georgia clearly played its worst game against the Broncos at the Georgia Dome”

So Tn, Vandy, Ole Miss and MS State were picture perfect? Hardly. Best thing for UGA to have happen is to not go to Atlanta and be embarrased by LSU. Would probably get a better bowl game that way. Hey, maybe you can get a re-match with Hawaii. That was a thriller.

Mike Bobo 17 INT

November 10th, 2011
11:43 am

Dawg48

It will not matter who Ole Miss lands as a coach, players want no part of that program. What top talented player wants to go to Ole Miss, when they can go to Auburn, LSU, Alabama, FSU, or even Arkansas. The Miss programs have struggled for years, because they are the bush league teams of the SEC.

Lowcountry Bulldawg

November 10th, 2011
11:43 am

Dawg48,

Thats a good question. They opened up the wallet a little for Nut and that did not pay off. They may find themselves with more of a headache than what its worth with Leach. While a great X’s and O’s coach he found himself in hot water several times, not just the closet incident that led to his departure. The Malzahn hire would be the best but again as DawginLex mentioned would he leave for another West Division team? Hince they may go after a young high calibur assistant. The OC in TT runs the same offense that Leach ran while in TT and would come without the baggage and save the boosters probably 2 million a year. He just will not have that “sexxy” name attached to the hire.

DawginLex

November 10th, 2011
11:44 am

bama is currently on the 2012 schedule.

They would have to be “dropped” in order to get Mizzou on the schedule.