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!)

Got a question for the Junkyard Blawg? Send it to junkyardblawg@gmail.com.

Join us and “like” the Junkyard Blawg on Facebook.

And you can follow me on Twitter.

280 comments Add your comment

jaxbeachdawg

November 10th, 2011
8:45 pm

Georgia could beat Boise St. if they played now. Ga’s playing as well as any SEC team right now. Ga upsets lsu in the SEC title game–mark it down!

sports

November 10th, 2011
9:31 pm

Georgia would be very hard to beat for Boise now, but Kellen Moore still might be the difference.

Can't figure you out!

November 10th, 2011
11:53 pm

You might as well give up on the Dooley family, now that their son is trying to coach UT. I think their allegiance is totally gone from UGA.

Wavy Gravy

November 11th, 2011
5:58 am

1. Lose again.

2. Franklin.

3. Shh! Don’t say that word.

4. Just worry about keeping him out of jail.

5. Didn’t want to let NMSU score first.

6. Ken who?

7. The Grove.

8. Don’t build ‘em if you can’t sell ‘em.

9. Silver britches is all that’s left to remind us of when UGA football was relevant.

Old Dog

November 11th, 2011
6:22 am

Could Georgia defeat Boise State now? Not from what I saw in the Vandy and Florida games. They barely won those. I am just hoping we can hang on and keep barely winning games against the teams we still have to play. Thank goodness we don’t have to play any strong teams.

Caleb....Washaun....Isaiah

November 11th, 2011
7:20 am

That’s easy. Boise State wins.

HAHAHAHAHA111

November 11th, 2011
7:23 am

“upsets lsu in the SEC title game–mark it down!”

Now that’s funny! More like LSU 57 GA 3….if Blair Walsh plays LSU 57 GA 0. hahahahahaha!!!

Student Riots Explained

November 11th, 2011
7:37 am

“As the graduate assistant entered the locker doors, he was surprised to find the lights and showers on. He then heard, rhythmic, slapping sounds. He believed the sounds to be those of sexual activity. As the graduate assistant put his sneakers into his locker, he looked into the shower. He saw a naked boy, Victim 2, whose age he estimated to be 10 years old, with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant was shocked but noticed that Victim 2 and Sandusky saw him. The graduate assistant left immediately, distraught.”

papadawg

November 11th, 2011
8:03 am

Crazy thing is IF the DAWGS win out and win or lose the SEC Title game, they just might get their rematch with Boise in a Bowl Game.

Texas Dawg

November 11th, 2011
8:04 am

Have the players and talent….to beat Boise…… just don’t think the coaching staff would be smart enough to change the game plan…..matter of fact have we ever changed a game that fan would notice and say “WOW” that was an outstanding game plan…..we do the same thing everygame…..go dawgs beat AU!

Texas Dawg

November 11th, 2011
8:12 am

To say that UGA is playing as well as any team in the SEC is…….STUPID……….do you think for one minute that Alabama and LSU would get out coached and outplayed and almost beat by Vanderbilt or for that matter FL………………………Stupid…Stupid

I hope Murry finally wins a big game….plays well against the weak team….can’t have a 0-15 in the fourth qtr against AU or we will loose…….can’t miss wide open recievers…….GO DAwgs!

virginia dog

November 11th, 2011
8:29 am

We had our shot and Richt had months to prepare for Boise St and he sent out the most ill prepared UGA team i have seen in years. Boys please stop drinking the Kool-Aide. If UGA had Florida or Mississippi States schedule we would be shopping head coaches right now.
On to a happier thought. With Richt as our coach there is no chance of UGA willing a national championship but there is also no chance of something like Penn State or Ohio State happening either.

Northern Sympathizer

November 11th, 2011
8:30 am

Sands Orris-Smith scored a touchdown in the first quarter. Why would you question starting him in the backfield when he scored the first/long touchdown? Sure Harton was great and I hope to see more of him. But come on!

7576DAWG

November 11th, 2011
8:43 am

virginia dog
How many Freshmen do you think Georgia play’s every game, now. I would guess at least 12 . When these players came in this summer they could not take one snap until August. All they could do was run and weight training. They had one month to completely learn the play book and learn all their assignments. Georgia is a very young team and would do a million times better than they did the first time against Boise State whose team was made up of a lot of senior’s.

evil empire

November 11th, 2011
8:50 am

rematch…Boise 47 uga 17…nothing has changed except for the fact that ugag has played a high school calibre schedule…and this beating LSU talk…really??!!!!hahahaha…LSU plays big games on a regular basis…and more often than not wins them…uga, not so much…LSU 38 ugag 10…

7576DAWG

November 11th, 2011
9:11 am

evil empire
By your prediction you seem to indicate that Boise State could actually beat LSU. LSU would destroy Boise State. LSU would blitz on every play and with LSU having about three of their defensive back’s all going in the first two rounds of the draft would stop Moore cold. The game would be another Hawaii-Georgia result.

7576DAWG

November 11th, 2011
9:20 am

It doesn’t matter how much higher in the rankings Alabama or LSU is than Georgia they always have a hard time with Georgia for some reason. I call it the Florida symptom. Do not write off Georgia against LSU or Alabama. It will be a lot closer than you think.

virginia dog

November 11th, 2011
9:22 am

7576DAWG now besides the tailback just how many freshmen where in the starting 22? O-line … none, D-line … none linebackers … none secondary … none Don’t get me wrong i think Boise St is a good football team. But that is the point UGA has yet to beat one good football team in YEARS !!!!!! I bet your teeth are stained red by all the Kool-Aide.

Texas Dawg

November 11th, 2011
9:35 am

A beatdown of AU in my mind would say we are getting back to how we use to be…….i repeat getting back…not there yet…….

Texas Dawg

November 11th, 2011
9:41 am

In years past games against LSU and Bama would be competitive. We had a swagger and the players didn’t back down……seems like now we celebrate after a first down or a tackle…..something just doesn’t seem the same? Use to be win or loose when you played UGA it was a fight to the death attitude……

Send'em U hauls

November 11th, 2011
10:09 am

Not much would change in a rematch. UGA has wins over some very pedestrian teams. Not impressed

7576DAWG

November 11th, 2011
10:36 am

Texas Dawg
To answer your 9:35, I think a team develops the personality of the coach. For us that would be CMR and Bobo on offense and Grantham’s personality on defense. Every team that play’s us next year will dread going against our defense.

7576DAWG

November 11th, 2011
10:42 am

virginia dog
That’s the point that I was making our Freshmen were not ready the first time we played Boise State and the ones that played didn’t have much of a impact. Now is different. What has made Georgia a much better team is the contribution of first year players and our Freshmen class. We could very easily state with Boise State now . I bet Vegas would not have them favored.

RxDawg

November 11th, 2011
10:45 am

Can the silver britches? NEVER! Our uni’s are the best in football.

The only change in them that I have liked is the black jersey’s. I’d be in favor of using them for 1 big home game a year.

Boise ??

November 11th, 2011
10:49 am

Folks ……………………AU IS THE BIGGEST GAME OF THE YEAR.

PLEASE DROP this conjecture about Boise State or UGA vs PN State in 1982,etc. AUBURN IS the biggest game in YEARS for UGA.

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Dogs.

To: TEXAS DAWG

November 11th, 2011
10:51 am

Yes sir or mame, UGA vs AU with a UGA WIN would go along way of re establishing UGA across our fan base AND witht he pollsters.
UGA is faced with a huge pay back game and we owe them for Nick Farley last year.

Jborodawg

November 11th, 2011
10:54 am

Thomas Brown…and anyone else who continually, ad nausea, rant about cupcakes…

Boise: UGA, Toledo, Tulsa, Nev, Fres St, Col St, Air Force, UNLV, TCU, S.Diego St, Wy, New Mex
One ranked team, UGA; otherwise all cupcakes. Wait…you’d consider UGA a cup cake too, I’m sure.

S.Car: E Car, Navy, Citadel

Bama: Kent St, N. Tex, Ga Southern

LSU: Northwestern St, W. Kentucky. One of the toughest skeds with Oregon, W. Va as OOC games

Flawduh: Fl Atlantic, UAB, Furman

Awbun: Utah St, Fl Atlantic, Samford

Ark: Mizzou St, N. Mex, Troy

Tex A&M: SMU, Idaho, Baylor, Iowa St, Kansas

Texas: Rice, Iowa St, Kansas, Baylor, UCLA

Stanford: S.Jose St, Duke, Ariz, UCLA, Wash St, Oreg St, Cal, N.Dame

Ohio St: Akron, Toledo, Ind, Purdue

Just shows to go, even most ‘big time’ programs have cupcakes. Some more than others. Some even
lose to em, like the Sooners losing to Tex Tech.

Since you love LSU (and Bama) so much, it’d be nice if you’d change your “allegiance” to one of them and lend your superior expertise to that program.

Sorry for getting off topic, other Bulldog fans. I couldn’t help it.

ugab

November 11th, 2011
11:02 am

Boise is a great team. Boise is not in the SEC. SEC would beat them up every week. Boise’s Schedule is too easy. The Dawgs are still having trouble covering the middle of the field. Boise killed us with the TE pass up the middle. The Dawgs still are not getting enough pressure on qbs. Fl game was better. We never got to NMs qbs with our big line. Ga has a big DL. A DL that is good at stopping run at times, but not qb pressure.

ugab

November 11th, 2011
11:06 am

Auburn is a big game. If SC beats FL. Kentucky is a even bigger game. MR always lets Kentucky play Ga to the wire. We need Walsh to get back in rhythm. This could be a close game!!!

BDawg

November 11th, 2011
12:50 pm

“Meyers” quad? Perhaps you meant Myers quad, Bill. It’s not named after a hot dog