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

Gman 84

November 10th, 2011
3:41 pm

Agree w/ other posters that while we have improved, BSU has doubtless improved as well. They had a very, very experienced team and it showed.

No point is speculating on the past. If we play to our strengths I believe we will beat AU but I’m growing a tad concerned with all the congratulatory discussions about our record and speculation about the SEC East, the SECCG and Richt as COTY.

We have played well since BSU despite the level of competition. We have improved, BUT, As CMR said this week, we haven’t arrived (not sure you ever do). We must play hungry and play our best every time out. If we can do that, the SEC East and anything else will sort itself out.

There have been plenty of inexplicable outcomes in this rivalry on both sides over the last 30 years. Better bring it on Sat. Better focus on today, not tomorrow.

?

November 10th, 2011
3:42 pm

Is UGA really a better team than when they played Boise St or have they just been able to get their feet under them while feasting on an easier schedule? Would be real interesting to see them get an opportunity to play a stronger team than they have recently and see how they fare. the pereformance against Vandy makes me think not that much has changed.

TigerOne

November 10th, 2011
3:44 pm

I swear you people do this every year. Of course, Boise would win a rematch. They physically dominated you that game. Of course you look like you’re playing better. You’re playing weaker opponents than Boise. Grow up.

King Gator

November 10th, 2011
3:46 pm

Joey,

Oct couldn’t have gone any worse (save PSU’s problems) – but Nov is a new month and I think we have a good chance to beat S Carolina (which UGA needs) and if we get healthy we have a shot at FSU too. Don’t worry about us, we’ll keep fielding a team. Go Gators!

KG

Reality

November 10th, 2011
3:46 pm

TigerOne: We are probably better than Utah St.

JB

November 10th, 2011
3:47 pm

Dawgs win Sat….35-17…. Our D is pretty good….and Auburn, like us, has lost to good teams and beat average teams……………..BUT…………They did beat Carolina………..I’m thinking we’re better, but the players need to do it…….Our coaching won’t.

GTBob

November 10th, 2011
3:47 pm

GTBob, so . . . , is Tech ready to play with those “big boys” Miss Virginia and Miami?

If someone wants to write a blog about how GT could beat Boise St then I will laugh at them too. I wonder if there is a Toledo blog somewhere talking about how they could beat Boise St now because of how much better they have gotten.

PMC

November 10th, 2011
3:48 pm

Um, You can barely see anything from the bridge as it is now. I know it’s cool to remember the past but seriously, if you’re standing on the bridge, you’re only able to see grandstands for the most part. It’s not like you can watch the game.

ATLJacket

November 10th, 2011
3:49 pm

JB

November 10th, 2011
3:49 pm

Meyer not going to PSU, he’s OSU all the way…Golden will get the call. does he walk on Miami after 1.

Driver 8

November 10th, 2011
3:49 pm

Agree King Gator. Seems like you guys will be at full strength for USCjr and may take all the pressure off of us before kickoff. That said, we definetly don’t want to back in by losing to AU and beating KY.

TigerOne

November 10th, 2011
3:49 pm

@reality(divorced from)

So? You posted as though you had a point.

JB

November 10th, 2011
3:50 pm

Good luck tonight Jackets from this Dawg fan….

Reality

November 10th, 2011
3:52 pm

Sorry should have clarified for you. Point is: worry about your own wobbly ship. See you Sat! Should be fun.

TigerOne

November 10th, 2011
3:54 pm

@Reality

Wrong Tigers. Our ship isn’t wobbling at all.

macrotech

November 10th, 2011
3:57 pm

I KNOW….I’m a GT fan and I RARELY comment on blogs that don’t pertain to my team. However, with that said, I think that UGA’s defense has come together in a way that would pressure Boise’s QB better…I think that if y’all get Murray on fire you’d win this game 3 out of 4 attempts. Of course, this is ALL speculation…just my two cents worth. See y’all in a few weeks!

macrotech

November 10th, 2011
3:57 pm

Oh! JB…thanks! We’ll be needing it!

the "what if" era of georgia football

November 10th, 2011
4:03 pm

in the end, that’s what the mark richt era will be known for.
what if we would have….(insert game in which coaching staff failed to properly prepare team)

next year, it will be the same thing. what if……

mcdaviddawg

November 10th, 2011
4:04 pm

Lack of coachs being prepared for the game. If we had done some preparation we migjht have won the game. RICHT has a long history of not being prepared. And as a quote from this paper, he only had 8 months to prepare. Georgia has fallen from the elite, to the middle and now below that. We have beaten nobody that is good. Almost lost to Vaandy. This is not a good football team. Yes, LSU will eat us alive should we make the game. And athe baad news is it’s only going to get worse, this years recruiting class shapes up as a disaster. Richt can’t win with top players, what will he do when he doesn’t have any?

Jim

November 10th, 2011
4:09 pm

Uga would have a much better chance of beating Bosie now than the first game of the season. I think it would be a game that could go either way but I would not like to see a re-match of it anymore than i would want to see a Alabama/LSU re-match. Bosie has a long row to hoe to get into the National Title game because the poweres to be do not want them there. This is why there should be a plus one system where 1 plays 3 and 2 plays 4 then the winners play the National Title game. As lones as the powers to be keep teams like Bosie out of the picture they can never be proven wrong. In my book if the NC game was played today I think Bosie and Stanford would be a heck of a game. As for Ole Miss what difference does it really make. The names will change but the results will be the same, don’t believe that just look at South Carolina. The real question is who will take over at Pen State next year. You think the Board of Trustees thought that they will not find someone who will work and give half their salary back to the school like Joe Pa did.

Seriously

November 10th, 2011
4:13 pm

You have to be a HUGE Georgia homer to put a headline like this in the paper. I thought it was a joke for a second. Then I realized this is the same paper that predicts UGA to win the pre season national championship every year. It sure is a good thing St Richt waited until after the Florida game to open Crowell’s drug test or the headline might read “Can UGA beat anyone with a winning record?”

Reality

November 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

Oh, TigerOne my bad! Just assumed since we were playing AU your handle reflected affiliation.

You just stopped by to throw a few stones at us then? Awesome stuff!

FLA DAWG

November 10th, 2011
4:14 pm

jerry

November 10th, 2011
4:15 pm

Every man is a damned fool for at least five minutes every day. Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit. -Elbert Hubbard, author, editor, printer (1856-1915)

He did not write for the AJC.

gatorref

November 10th, 2011
4:20 pm

UGA will win NC this year – as always.

jerry

November 10th, 2011
4:20 pm

Vince Dooley said the other day that “if we played Boise State four times … maybe we’ll beat them once.”

I wonder why.

Seriously I'm a tek fan

November 10th, 2011
4:20 pm

BSU and UGA won’t play again so it’s a moot point… It’s a “I couldn’t thing of anything else to blog about today subject.” But it still brings out the trolls…. UGA has yet to play a complete game… we need to this week and follow it up with wins over Kentucky and tek. Looking forward to the bumberler bees coming back to earth tonight after VT gives them a beat down….

Dominating Dawgs My Arse

November 10th, 2011
4:22 pm

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA…some hypotheticals don’t deserve a serious response.

john

November 10th, 2011
4:43 pm

and If my sister had Ba_____ she be my brother

Malcome transfer?

November 10th, 2011
4:44 pm

If Akeem Dent said he was extremely difficult to bring down last year, singling Malcome out of the pack, he has to have some talent. They were real high on his talent in the Spring and he ran very hard. I wouldn’t expect Malcome to transfer, Bill. Why would you make a bad suggestion like that? Malcome may have a bad attitude, but remember Richt almost benched Ware and several other superb tailbacks–Ware go little playing time in junior year, and he moved on to the NFL, where he made the Giants and has done quite well when they have run him (mostly preseason). I think they know that if they want Malcome to stay, they better give him a chance. And, I suspect they want him to stay, so I think we will see him Sat or against UK, assuming he doesn’t have such a bad attitude that they can’t play him. They see a lot we don’t, but remember they want to win and Malcome was probably our most talented back last year. Did he forget how to run?

RedandBlackDawg

November 10th, 2011
4:48 pm

Hollywould, but Auburn won’t.

ChattaDawg

November 10th, 2011
4:54 pm

No carries for fullbacks

Nine games into the season, Georgia’s fullbacks have not recorded a rushing attempt. That’s unusual for the Bulldogs, who over the years have produced top-shelf fullbacks such as Brannan Southerland, Shaun Chapas, Fred Munzenmaier and J.T. Wall.

However, the Bulldogs entered the season manning the position with Bruce Figgins, a converted tight end, and Zander Ogletree, who was primarily a defensive player in high school.

“We’ve been a little reluctant to hand it to them,” Richt admitted. “We were a little leery of doing that. In hindsight, if I had camp to do over I probably would have worked Bruce and Zander harder on some fullback runs.”

Figgins does have six receptions of 81 yards.

Are we recruiting a full back since our two apparently can’t put two hands around the football and run forward….Good Grief!!!

BoiseIsBetterAlso

November 10th, 2011
5:01 pm

All do respect to the mighty Dawgs of Athens, but, they are not the only football team to improve as the season progresses.

Billy Shears

November 10th, 2011
5:02 pm

Georgia hasn’t beaten a good team yet this year. The Dawgs are just a middle of the pack SEC team. Why are they favored by 13 points over Auburn?

RedandBlackDawg

November 10th, 2011
5:04 pm

Buckeye

November 10th, 2011
2:58 pm

Better dog question………………

Got dope?

Even better answer. We are short here, can we buy some from your players. You, my friend are a true Dips***.

wayne miller

November 10th, 2011
5:14 pm

BSU got to where it is with coaching and superb execution. UGA is from a smash mouth conference, used to a little different style and quite frankly does not execute that well. How else do you explain the effectiveness of their lines against a MUCH larger opponent? I don’t want to play BSU until and unless our DC devises a way to stop Boise’s extremely simple and extremely effective short passing game–something he could not do in 60 mins of football.

RedandBlackDawg

November 10th, 2011
5:18 pm

Buckeye,

Thought you might appreciate your fine schools most recent actions.

“Ohio State strips itself of five scholarships; facing failure to monitor charge”
Failure to monitor is the second most serious charge a university could be accused of. By stripping itself of five scholarships, your team is admitting guilt already.

You seriously need to do a few things personally.
1. Grow up.
2. think before you blog.
3. Quit blogging where you don’t belong.
4. Graduate Middle School, so your mommy will not take your computer away, each night that she gives you your milk and cookies, before tucking you in bed.

Bosie State Alum

November 10th, 2011
5:23 pm

The last two years, Boise State’s opening game opponet’s fan bases have expressed similar feelings. Hopefully this makes Georgia fans a little more hopeful. Oregon went to the Rose Bowl after the 2009 season and Virginia Tech played in the Orange Bowl last year. The Dawgs appear to be well on their way for something similar. I am one Bronco rooting for the Bulldogs.

DAWGMAN

November 10th, 2011
5:26 pm

Fire Mark Richt.

DawgSig

November 10th, 2011
5:34 pm

Who cares about Boise State!!!! Let’s beat the Barn, the Mildcats and then Georgia Yech!!! That’s all we should be thinking about!

sic'em

November 10th, 2011
6:02 pm

John for cairo has got to go go! Can the silver britches, must be a Muschump type of dawg.

Adios a los perros

November 10th, 2011
6:28 pm

Awbarn 31, Georgia 24

Bye bye to Saint Mark.

Thomas Brown

November 10th, 2011
6:50 pm

Been there done that.

Try Cupcake # 8 in a row, obviously not-ranked end season Auburn with no defense, no passing offense, and no special teams – Auburn.

Followed closely thereafter, by Cupcake # 9 in a row, also obviously not-ranked end season Kentucky.

Then, Cupcake # 10 in a Row – CONSECUTIVELY – with nation’s easiest schedule of 10 Cupcakes in a Row, clearly not-ranked at end season Georgia tek.

Then, blow-out for all “Everything is fine” crowd by LSU over us. Then, forget about that, “everything is fine” pitiful Cupcake Bowl opponent # 11 in a Row for Mark Richt in bowl games.

11-3 exactly as predicted, having beat NO ONE.

ARdawg

November 10th, 2011
6:56 pm

I suppose I should mosey on over to the Nerd blog and wish them a sincere “Good Luck” in their game tonight. Ah to h3ll with it. Would one of you trolls give the real GT fans my well wishes when you go over there and change your names?….heh heh

?

November 10th, 2011
7:18 pm

Does everyone realize USC has played almost the exact schedule as uga?

bravefan

November 10th, 2011
7:20 pm

I believe GA would easily beat Boise State if the game was held now. Can’t prove it of course. I still see BS as very suspect with a total cupcake schedule. Look what GA did to New Mexico State (42 Pts in the second quarter). If Richt had left the first string offense and defense in the second half in, the score could have been 80-3. New Mexico State is the quality of team Boise State plays week in and week out. They (BS) are hugely overrated!

Chain

November 10th, 2011
7:45 pm

This is typical garbage… who care about now? UGA needed to beat BSU 2 months ago…it’s meaningless now. Two months ago UGA was sloppy and unprepared…they don’t even get to have this conversation…They lost. end. of. story.

Chain

November 10th, 2011
7:46 pm

@Thomas Brown…11-3…I’d take that…you’re as good as your record says you are.

chazzo

November 10th, 2011
7:54 pm

Late season dawgs would beat SC but probably not BSU. Although, the problem was primarily game plan on the doggies part, BSU is simply a more experienced and far more disciplined team.

Dr. Morpheus

November 10th, 2011
8:31 pm

Boise State proved to me they are a great team. UGA has improved steadily and could certainly give them a better game but I would not be surprised if we lost the rematch. Aaron Murray is the best in the SEC but he’s not as capable as Kellen Moore.