Live from the Dome: UGA, Boise meet to decide fate of world

Georgia plans to wear new uniforms! Why did no one tell me? (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

Georgia plans to wear new uniforms! Why did no one tell me? (AJC photo by Brant Sanderlin)

The Georgia team is headed back to Athens tonight. The Georgia athletic director will wait until the morning. Said Greg McGarity, speaking Friday afternoon: “When we lose, I like to get out of town. When we win, I like to hang around and soak it in.”

Can we therefore assume McGarity believes his Bulldogs will win? “Yeah, I do,” he said.

As noted, I do, too. But now you’re asking: Doesn’t Utah State’s near-miss at Auburn today bode ill for Georgia’s chances tonight? (Utah State being a member of the WAC, which Boise State was until just the other day.)

Not really. Auburn isn’t nearly the same Auburn that won the BCS title. You might have heard this already, but Cam Newton and Nick Fairley are ensconced in the NFL. And Auburn did beat USU, albeit only just.

Georgia won’t suffer a national championship hangover, having not won of those since Jan. 1, 1981. Georgia doesn’t have a new quarterback. Georgia won’t be overlooking Boise State. (Kind of hard to overlook a team that’s favored to beat you.) The belief here is that the Bulldogs will play as hard and well tonight as they have at any time since the blackout night against Auburn in 2007. The belief here …

Well, you know what the belief here is. I like Georgia’s chances not just in this game but in this season. And it doesn’t hurt that Boise will withhold three players, two of them starters, from tonight’s tilt due to some sort of eligibility kerfuffle.

In a way, that shows how far Boise has come. The cuddly little Broncos just canned their AD because they’ve been charged with NCAA violations in five different sports, football included. And here we thought only BCS-level programs ran afoul of the governing body.

OK, enough fol-de-rol. I like Georgia tonight because I think Isaiah Crowell will go for 100 yards. (Which, to be technical, even Herschel Walker didn’t do in his debut against Tennessee. Herschel, who didn’t start, had 84 yards. And he did trample Bill Bates. And Herschel is here tonight to deliver the game ball.) I think the defense will pressure Kellen Moore enough to make him less precise than usual. I think Aaron Murry will win his first really big game.

Then again, I’m often wrong.

And with that, the floor is open for predictions, observations and jokes about blue turf.  My only responsibility tonight is to interact with you fine folks — I don’t have print duty, in other words — and I’ll be here until this one ends and Georgia has won 34-24. (Actually, I’ll be here all night even if Boise State wins 41-0. But I’m not expecting that.) Join me, won’t you? And I thank you, as ever, in advance.

By Mark Bradley

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athens dawg

September 3rd, 2011
5:45 pm

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Dawg Tired

September 3rd, 2011
5:45 pm

This will be close. I going UGA by 3.

Dawg Tired

September 3rd, 2011
5:46 pm

I’m going not I going.

jeffrey d

September 3rd, 2011
5:47 pm

Thanks, Mark! I’m looking forward to this one

Alan

September 3rd, 2011
5:47 pm

I completely agree Mark. We’ll take this by 10. Go Dawgs!

Tommy

September 3rd, 2011
5:47 pm

First! I’ve never done that and really, who cares right!? We DO care that your prediction comes true! You are right when our defense is the key tonight along with our running game! Ponies, get ready to be 0-5 in the SEC baby!!! GO DAWGS!!!

Clay

September 3rd, 2011
5:47 pm

athens dawg

September 3rd, 2011
5:48 pm

I’m very excited for the game that’ll kick off in about 2 hours and 15 minutes. Our team really, really seems focused and has worked so hard all off-season to make a name for themselves and to get that bitter taste of a 6-7 season out of their mouths. Georgia will not be looking over Boise, they’ll be looking to pounce on them. Hard. I don’t think Crowell goes for over 100 but I believe he’ll have a solid game for his 1st time. Samuel will have more yards than Crowell. Murray will throw for about 220-230 yards. I think our team is ready.

Joseph

September 3rd, 2011
5:48 pm

Go GT!! First

athens dawg

September 3rd, 2011
5:48 pm

I’m ready for this one. Our team has worked so hard. We are ready.

Joseph

September 3rd, 2011
5:48 pm

Dawg Tired

September 3rd, 2011
5:49 pm

Mark – I made the prediction on the believe that the defense will be much better. I admit some nervousness about that. Also thinking getting rid of some guys with bad attitudes should improve team chemistry which should mean better effort. If the Dawgs play with the effort they showed last year, this game will be an easy win for BSU.

Dawgdrummer

September 3rd, 2011
5:50 pm

Well, so much for first…
You are so right. Defense is the key along with good strong and steady running game. Ponies go 0-5 in the SEC baby!!! GO DAWGS!!! GO REDCOAT BAND! “Once a Dawg, always a Dawg! How sweet it is!”

athens dawg

September 3rd, 2011
5:51 pm

In 2009, we had Joe Cox at QB. We didn’t really have a threat at RB. We had the usual off-season troubles, etc. And that resulted in a 8-5 season. In 2010, our AD got into trouble and got fired, we had numerous off-field issues, distractions, no leadership, didn’t finish the 4th quarter, 1st year with Murray, first year in the 3-4 defense, bad apples, etc. In 2011, we have stayed out of trouble, 2nd year with Murray, 2nd year in the 3-4, new attitude, best special teams unit in the country, etc. We have worked out butts off and now it’s time.

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
5:52 pm

Bulldogs are walking around on the Dome field. Wearing the Pro Combat warmups. They look .. weird.

Dawg Tired

September 3rd, 2011
5:54 pm

Weird is better that “butt ugly.” Or are you just being polite?

cjdawg

September 3rd, 2011
5:54 pm

I must say that I haven’t worked any butts out as noted above!!

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
5:55 pm

About the uniforms: I got the feeling yesterday that Richt was sick of the furor. Which would seem a good reason not to wear them again.

cjdawg

September 3rd, 2011
5:56 pm

Give us a description Mark….

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
5:57 pm

Redcoat Band makes its entrance. Wearing Nike Pro Combat uniforms.

Kidding about that last bit.

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
5:58 pm

The warmup tops look like the jersey tops. The pants are black with a red stripe.

Dayman

September 3rd, 2011
6:02 pm

I WANT THE SILVER BRITCHES BACK!!!

Dayman

September 3rd, 2011
6:03 pm

Anyone know how much $$$ UGA got for selling out to Nike with these uniforms?

wheresthebeef

September 3rd, 2011
6:04 pm

About that Auburn and Utah State game – if it is true about you stating that the SEC is soooo dominate in players and teams is so true – it’s funny how it took basically a miracle for Auburn to win – which had to score 2 TDs in the last 2 minutes to win. And Utah State (and any other team in the WAC and MWC) can’t recruit at the same level as an Auburn or nearly any other team in the SEC – save Vandy. If you saw that game MB, Utah St beat Auburn up and down the field – but the Kick-off run back and the poor on-side kick coverage doomed US. So – the Auburn and the SEC don’t need to be “crowing” (as one poster on another AJC Sports blog put it) over “beating” a WAC team. UGA will beat BSU tonight – not because of a lack of effort on BSU’s team – but because of the fact that there is no way in Hades that a BSU can recruit like a UGA (or FL, or Auburn, or Alabama, etc). Infact – the 2nd team for UGA would be starters on BSU’s team (or any other WAC or MWC team).

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
6:06 pm

Full credit to Utah State. Don’t get me wrong.

jeffrey d

September 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

I got the feeling yesterday that Richt was sick of the furor

I thought we ousted Hitler in the Second Great War!

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

That’s a great line, jeffrey d.

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
6:07 pm

Came pretty close to laughing out loud. Which I seldom do.

jeffrey d

September 3rd, 2011
6:08 pm

I don’t comment on here too much but I try to make them gems when I do.

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
6:09 pm

You win the line of the night. Let me go ahead and declare that at 6:09 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time

OnPeachtreeNow

September 3rd, 2011
6:10 pm

Will you make your mind up? Geeeez…… Im eleven teenth! Morons……

Hairy Dawg

September 3rd, 2011
6:13 pm

I can’t wait to we put the whooping on Boys Eez!

We must protect our house!

Go Dawgs!

Embarrass Boys Eez!

dougydawg

September 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

Hearing that Boise lost some depth at FB today due to injury (ies?). Can anyone confirm/deny?

todd grantham

September 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

Mark, methinks you might have been a tad (or Todd) premature on the “line of the night” award. It’s very, very early yet.

Jackets 2011

September 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

Since I am not a supporter of an SEC team, I’ll speak the truth.
Utah State kicked Auburn butt and deserved to win.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

September 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

mixed emotions coming into tonight’s game….i just hope UGA’s defense is solid- speed & power nonstop.

Not Disappointed!

September 3rd, 2011
6:18 pm

Good look Power Rangers!!! (God Bless yall in those uniforms) OY! ………………………. Seriously, I hope you guys win.

Ramblin Wreck!

Hairy Dawg

September 3rd, 2011
6:19 pm

Murray, Crowell, Orson Charles, and Ben Jones is goning have monsyer games as Dawgs hang 48 points on Boys Eez. Then our D knows how to now play the 3-4. That allows D to up pressre and cause turnovers. I say Dawgs get 4 take aways.

BullDawg Burt

September 3rd, 2011
6:21 pm

Georgia 41 Boise State 38. Go Dawgs !

Hairy Dawg

September 3rd, 2011
6:21 pm

todd grantham

September 3rd, 2011
6:21 pm

and this game is not about just the fate of the world, the entire known universe is honed in on this contest between good and evil tonight. On Mars i understand they are giving 10 points to Boise because the Georgia uniforms remind them of the manner in which their ancestors adorned themselves before battle.

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
6:22 pm

Equal time in the ugly uniform dept.: Boise wearing ORANGE SHOES!!!!!

todd grantham

September 3rd, 2011
6:23 pm

0 for 2 in getting comments published. it may be a long night.

Not Disappointed!

September 3rd, 2011
6:23 pm

Seriously Mark?

Hairy Dawg

September 3rd, 2011
6:23 pm

Final Score: Dawgs 48 – Boys Eez 6

todd grantham

September 3rd, 2011
6:25 pm

Mark, how do Idahoans pronounce the capital of Idaho ? Boyzee or Bozee?

Not Disappointed!

September 3rd, 2011
6:26 pm

I know that Nike has a test Market team, so how did they come up with uniforms that the majority of there Fan Base dislike? I’m just saying….

todd grantham

September 3rd, 2011
6:26 pm

the inspiration for blogging will be great! we will be wanting Mark Richt’s head or we will be saying he’s the best coach of all time. Its easier to write nasty comments though.

scdawg

September 3rd, 2011
6:27 pm

hows brandon smith doing?

Mark Bradley

September 3rd, 2011
6:29 pm

Branden Smith is going to play, Richt said Friday. Might not be 100 percent.