Georgia-Idaho State preview: Bengals bring 7-game losing streak to Athens

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Georgia-Idaho State at a glance:

12:30 p.m. Saturday in Sanford Stadium

3 storylines

  • 1. Out of their leagues. This game pits an FBS (formerly Division I-A) team, Georgia, against an FCS (formerly Division I-AA) team, Idaho State. You know how such games tend to go. Idaho State is 1-14 against FBS opponents since the start of the 2000 season, with the lone victory coming at Utah State (27-24) 10 years ago. Since then, Idaho State has lost to FBS teams Arizona State, Oklahoma, Utah State (four times), Boise State (twice), Idaho (twice), Oregon State, UNLV, Kentucky and San Diego State.
  • 2. The bowl push. Yes, a victory over Idaho State (1-7 overall, 0-6 in the Big Sky Conference) would count toward the six wins Georgia (4-5, 3-4 SEC) needs for bowl eligibility. Presuming a victory over the Bengals, Georgia then would need to win at BCS No. 2 Auburn on Nov. 13 or against rival Georgia Tech in Athens on Nov. 27 to become bowl eligible for the 14th consecutive season.
  • 3. Remembering 1980. Georgia will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its 1980 national championship by recognizing coach Vince Dooley and members of that team at halftime Saturday. Among the 1980 Bulldogs expected to be on hand: team captain Frank Ros, offensive captain Nat Hudson, defensive captain Jeff Hipp, Scott Woerner, Rex Robinson, Tim Morrison, Buck Belue and Eddie Weaver. UGA said it doesn’t expect Herschel Walker to attend because of his upcoming MMA fight.

A Georgia win would …

  • Not excite anyone.
  • Make the Bulldogs .500 for the season.

An Idaho State win would …

  • Boggle the mind.
  • Break the Bengals’ seven-game losing streak, which includes defeats to Utah State, Northern Colorado, Northern Arizona, Portland State, Montana, Weber State and Montana State.

Keep an eye on …

  • For Georgia: Junior Brandon Boykin could break the UGA career record for kickoff return yards Saturday. He enters the game with 1,616 yards on 60 returns, 22 yards short of breaking the record set by Gene Washington in 1973-76. Boykin has an SEC-record three 100-yard returns in his career. Against Florida last week, he had a 51-yard fourth-quarter return that set up Georgia’s final touchdown, which sent the game into overtime.
  • For Idaho State: Tavoy Moore, a 5-foot-7, 195-pound junior who is used at running back, wide receiver, punt returner and kickoff returner, ranks second in the Big Sky Conference in all-purpose yards with 192 per game, including 323 in one game. He became the first Big Sky player to return a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in two different games.

The numbers game

  • 0-1: Idaho State’s record vs. the SEC, with the only previous encounter being a 41-29 loss at Kentucky in 2005.
  • 85: Football scholarships that FBS schools, such as Georgia, are allowed.
  • 56.7: Football scholarships that Idaho State is allowed this season. (FCS schools generally are permitted 63, but Idaho State was penalized 10 percent of that total because of poor scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate.)

Sound bite

“They’re going to be sort of angry Bulldogs after that Florida loss, so we’ve got to get our motors running and go out and compete hard.”  — Idaho State coach John Zamberlin

The history book

  • Series record: This is the first game between Georgia and Idaho State.

The bottom line

Idaho State is 3-28 since the start of the 2008 season. The Bengals played two opponents from BCS conferences last season and lost by a combined 114-3 — 50-3 to Arizona State and 64-0 to Oklahoma.

Also:

Why, of all the football teams between Athens and Pocatello,  is Georgia playing Idaho State? Click here for story.

And click here for a reminder about TV for Saturday’s game.

180 comments Add your comment

Calhoundawg

November 5th, 2010
8:27 am

1st! Go Dawgs !!!!

Douglas Dawg

November 5th, 2010
8:44 am

Does anyone really care? A win over Auburn would not earse this season but sure would be nice.

Jborodawg

November 5th, 2010
8:48 am

I wish they’d go back to calling em Div 1, 1A, etc.

Since a new record has been predicted for Boykin, I hope nothing bad happens to him.

I’m not saying we can overlook Idaho St nor take em lightly, but we need to get the 3rd and 4th string players involved; maybe even play Mason the whole 4th qtr.

Dawg_Mike

November 5th, 2010
8:49 am

Dear Saint Simons, Yellow fuzz, Ramble on, et al….
Karma is a b___, right?

Bremen Dawg

November 5th, 2010
8:55 am

45-7 , Aaron gets pulled halfway through the 3rd and we put in the whole 2nd and 3rd string on both sides of the ball.

DILLIGAF

November 5th, 2010
8:57 am

Idaho St. averages 5,500 fans at it’s home games. Can you imagine what these kids will be feeling when they run out on the field in front of almost 93,000 people?

Who's Worse

November 5th, 2010
8:58 am

That GIT vs UGA game is shaping up to be a classic.

Delusional Fan

November 5th, 2010
8:58 am

Run out in front of 93,000? Are you kidding yourself? There won’t be 70,000 folks there tomorrow. What a dummy.

Too Easy

November 5th, 2010
9:01 am

Yeah DILLIGAF, especially 93,000 knee crawling drunk rednecks, and a few sorority girls puking in the aisles saying “I’m soooooooooooooo drunk!”

Old Dawg

November 5th, 2010
9:15 am

Get ‘er done in the first half and let the subs play the remainder of the game. Time to get rested for Auburn.

For many reasons, I don’t quite believe the party line that the Dawgs didn’t practice for Auburn this week. There’s just too much on the line with that and the Tech games in regard to bowl status and recruiting.

Verbal Kent

November 5th, 2010
9:15 am

1980 was SO, SO,long ago…half the attendees of the game Saturday will have to go online to understand what the fuss is all about. The 1980 players planning to attend should have followed Herschel’s lead; come up with an excuse not to show up! At least Evans was trying to get the “GEORGIA” brand outside the south (shouldn’t have scheduled this one though). The butt-kickin’s out in Boulder and Stillwater removed any further expeditions outside the SEC. So, ticketholders, get used to the Chattanooga’s, W. Carolina’s and Furman’s of the world to come to Sanford and Son stadium. Those are no win situations…you win, so what…you lose (and with the current coaching regime, it’s very possible)…well, ask a Michigan fan…

JB

November 5th, 2010
9:17 am

Yawn…….and look for more of this under McGarity……We all ready play a couple of these a year including Tech, and with all that Gailey Talent gone after this year, Tech goes back to 5-6 wins a year, which really hurts our OOC schedule……

JB

November 5th, 2010
9:19 am

Tech without Nesbitt= Auburn without Newton…..Just not the same team.

lance

November 5th, 2010
9:20 am

I could care less who from the 1980 class shows up in athens. I am so sick and tired of hearing about the 1980 NC and Buck, Hershall, Scott etc. All I want the dawgs to do is WIN. Something they have had a hard time doing with great consistancy the last few years. For G sake SC is getting reading to win the SEC East- hell must be frozen over. What is next Vandy?

Cupcakes R Us

November 5th, 2010
9:22 am

Another cupcake like La La. Why don’t the dawgturds ever schedule real teams for their non-conference games.

Dagny

November 5th, 2010
9:29 am

Georgia will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its 1980 national championship by recognizing coach Vince Dooley and members of that team at halftime Saturday.

I wonder if any of the books about UGA football include the perspective of someone speaking for the late Jan Kemp? The perspective that “student” athletes like Lindsay Scott were playing years without taking any college level courses? That the proudest moment of the football program was earned by players who never earned a single college credit?

Dawgtards love to return to 1980, but their memories are really short when it comes to remembering an earthshaking event that happened a few years later that showed the world what a joke UGA athletes were and what a scam artist their beloved Vince Dooley was (and is). So for all those dawgtards with short memories or who think their athletes are actually taking real courses and trying to graduate, here’s the quote that broke the trial wide open and showed what a slimeball Dooley is:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Nothing has changed at UGA, they just do a slightly better job of keeping things quiet, but that’s hard to do when 45 of your player-thugs have been arrested, isn’t it?

UGA: WINNER OF THE FULMER CUP AND THE CESSPOOL OF THE SOUTH.

Pago Pago Dawg

November 5th, 2010
9:33 am

We’re not so sure we want Auburn, GT, USF, VT,Iowa….

Scattered and Smothered

November 5th, 2010
9:33 am

Will the 1980 players be able to get away from work to attend the game? Waffle House gets pretty busy on weekends.

CrackDaddy

November 5th, 2010
9:37 am

I would understand if UGa had scheduled Furman, the Citadel, Appalachian State, James Madison, Richmond, William and Mary….but Idaho State. That’s a travesty.

ATLdawg, ya dig?

November 5th, 2010
9:58 am

Dagny, you quoted an attorney, not Dooley. Is that the UGA/OU case that broke up the network monopoly and made college football the economic and cultural phenomenon it is today? As far as putting poor kids through college, there has been no greater force for educating lower middle class and lower class minorities in this country that NCAA athletics, Georgia included. What that lawyer said, while clearly an exagerration for effect at trial, is true in spirit. These kids are given a great opportunity they wouldnt otherwise have.

Athens Mike

November 5th, 2010
10:01 am

Dagny,

Why such hate? I think you need some therapy.

nerds! nerds! nerds!

November 5th, 2010
10:03 am

Oh Dagny… Give it a rest. Its too early for this bs. Why in the world are you on a UGA blog about Idaho State? Even dawg fans are nowhere to be seen. Get a life.

cdawg

November 5th, 2010
10:07 am

Damn Dagny, little bitter? Jealousy will eat you alive….As for Jan, she is now where she belonged 25 yrs ago.

egeagle

November 5th, 2010
10:12 am

And Bama plays whom next week? Auburn plays Chattanooga this week, and the list goes on and on. Just like always, UGA gets lambasted for doing just as others do. I get the feeling even the UGA beat writer has joined in. Par for the AJC. I hear splintered stingers and deflecting Cammunists leading the anti-Dawg parade today. What if any of these accusations were made about UGA?

Innocent bystander

November 5th, 2010
10:13 am

cdawg that is colder than the weather outside!

everyone has options

November 5th, 2010
10:14 am

@Dagny
Better to be the winner of the Fulmer Cup and the cesspool if the south, that the A**HOLE OF THE WORLD.

Innocent bystander question for any dawg

November 5th, 2010
10:15 am

How true are the stories about Lindsey not attending classes in 1980?

ozzfest

November 5th, 2010
10:17 am

(I am a season ticketholder.) As per idiot-McGarrity’s need for Georgia to play a 7th home game, we can get used to seeing AT LEAST TWO of these exhibition games EVERY YEAR. (Not me…I am staying home…I got $20 for my two tickets on Ebay…that was for BOTH tickets. Wow!) Having made the trips to Tempe, Stillwater, and Boulder these type games are an insult to season ticket INVESTORS and a complete waste of time.

How in the hell did we end up getting this clown for an AD? The dude is on the job two months and cancels OREGON…you know…THE NUMBER ONE TEAM IN THE COUNTRY; and states there is no need to play NON-SEC away games. THIS TRANSLATES TO NEVER, EVER PLAYING A “KICK-*SS” ROAD GAME.

Please consider that UGA did not play a regular season game west of the Mississippi River or north of the “Mason-Dixon” line in 37 years prior to ASU in 2008…and you judge what a greedy little man McGarrity must be.

To paraphrase Hank Jr…I’d like to spit some Beechnut in that dude’s eye.

Cam Newton has a clean background and is a great kid. No way these latest allegations are true!

November 5th, 2010
10:36 am

War CAM Eagle!

OOPS not anymore.

Bye bye barners… UGA is gonna whup your a$$es next weekend.

What you know about that?

Too Easy

November 5th, 2010
10:44 am

My day is made. Something has stolen my handle @ 9:01. Just wish it had been an intelligent life form.

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
10:48 am

‘Bama wins a NC by playing Florida International, North Texas St., and UT Chattanooga in the same year, yet I hear nary a peep…..

We play La. Lafayette and Idaho St. in the same year, and it’s a big story. Go figure

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
10:53 am

LSU wins the 2007 Trophy NC playing La. Tech, MTSU, and Tulane, but nobody complains…

We finish 8-5 playing Oklahoma State away and Arizona St. at home, and everybody complains…

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
10:55 am

UF wins the 2006 Trophy playing Western Carolina, Southern Miss, and UCF yet nobody complains….

Innocent bystander question for any dawg

November 5th, 2010
10:58 am

SteveW

Maybe previous home losses to Vandy and Ky have something to do with it. The real question is why isnt Samford a hostile enviroment.

Innocent bystander question for any dawg

November 5th, 2010
10:59 am

Maybe dumba$$ it is because the people complaining are Dawg fans who are forking over the cash to see those sorry teams with no results.

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
11:00 am

‘Bama plays Georgia State, Duke, and San Jose State this season – any complaints?

Auburn plays Arkansas St., ULa. Monroe, and UT – Chattanooga this season, and plays 8 Home games and only 4 Road games, any complaints?

We play 2 weak sisters and Colorado coming off a bye week in Boulder, and everybody complains..

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
11:04 am

Innocent Bystander – last I checked Kentucky and Vandy were SEC teams – Kentucky actually went to what, 6 consecutive bowls? And Vandy was even going bowling a couple of years ago. And when we’re physically beat up from playing competition while UF, ‘Bama, and Auburn get to play their 4th team during beatdowns, it’s a little different.

McGarity comes from UF, where Urban knows scheduling wins championships as much as coaching and talent.

Ask ‘Bama this year after losing to an inferior South Carolina team simply because of scheduling (a bye week for SC).

Innocent bystander question for any dawg

November 5th, 2010
11:05 am

SteveW or maybe Patrick? Like I said, if the Humpers showed success with playing a weak schedule then no one might complain. But when everyone agreed in preseason that the schedule “sets up nice for us” and that you would win the east, everyone was happy. It’s results by AU, Bama, LSU and UF that people are concerned by.

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
11:09 am

Remember the 2004 Auburn team? Wins over La. Tech, La. Monroe, and Citadel, all this in only an 11 game schedule. Pathetic.

Innocent bystander question for any dawg

November 5th, 2010
11:11 am

Patrickk=Pathetic

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
11:12 am

Innocent bystander – no true Dawg fan expected more than 6-6 or 7-5 with a Fr. QB and a new defensive scheme. Richt fired Wille for 2012, not this year. And idiotic argument – I don’t know who you root for, but stick with the facts.

Sanford Drive

November 5th, 2010
11:14 am

Hell, I am excited about tomorrow’s game.

I, like every Dawg die hard, still have a bad taste in my mouth after last week. But hey, there is NO better way to cure that than a beautiful Fall Saturday in Athens.

I am excited about the cold weather we will have, and being able to finally wear my red hoodie to the game. Football is better in the cold.

I don’t expect great tailgating conditions, since the game is so early and temps will be so low in the a.m., so I will be boosting some bars economy a bit, and have a cold Terrapin Rye Pale Ale or two while watching College Gameday, then walk across the beautiful North Campus to the greatest setting in college football. I will still get chills when the lone trumpeter plays the beginning of the Battle Hymn, and I will still cheer til my voice is horse during the game.

Tomorrow is one of only six days a year we get the chance to do this. You bet your bottom dollar I will be there with a HUGE smile on my face.

GO DAWGS!!!!!

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
11:14 am

Probably as true as Fulwood not attending any classes his last season at Auburn. Or Alabama being threatened with the Death Penalty for repeated violations, and being slammed after Stallings wins a Nat’l. Championship with damaged goods, or Gator players stealing, threatening to kill girlfriends etc.

npgator

November 5th, 2010
11:18 am

SteveW

November 5th, 2010
11:18 am

These fair weather Dawg fans don’t live in reality – SC and Ark with experienced talented QB’s, Miss. ST. away, Colorado away and after a bye week, UF after a bye week – what do you expect? And we were in every game – this with a Fr. QB and a new defensive scheme – give Richt some time, next year will be better, and ‘012 even better.

dawgdawgdawg

November 5th, 2010
11:21 am

Ozzfest -

the cancellation of the Oregon series was mutual – it wasn’t all McGarity. After travelling all the way to Knoxville this year, Oregon decided they didn’t really feel like coming all the way to Georgia. Both schools decided that it wasn’t worth the travel to play an ooc game

gdawginkalamazoo

November 5th, 2010
11:30 am

Good luck to Boykin might be a good time to break a couple.

Oh well I guess everybody has to play these games. But damn why don’t we have a bye week earlier than game #10. It would be nice to be able to re-group mid season or before a big opponent.

Why wasn’t this Cam story coming up back in the beginning of the season if people were aware of it?

mad dog

November 5th, 2010
11:31 am

Dagny

November 5th, 2010
9:29 am
Georgia will celebrate the 30th anniversary of its 1980 national championship by recognizing coach Vince Dooley and members of that team at halftime Saturday.

I wonder if any of the books about UGA football include the perspective of someone speaking for the late Jan Kemp? The perspective that “student” athletes like Lindsay Scott were playing years without taking any college level courses? That the proudest moment of the football program was earned by players who never earned a single college credit?

Dawgtards love to return to 1980, but their memories are really short when it comes to remembering an earthshaking event that happened a few years later that showed the world what a joke UGA athletes were and what a scam artist their beloved Vince Dooley was (and is). So for all those dawgtards with short memories or who think their athletes are actually taking real courses and trying to graduate, here’s the quote that broke the trial wide open and showed what a slimeball Dooley is:

O. Hale Almand Jr., a lawyer for the defense, offered a justification for the favorable treatment accorded the athletes, citing a hypothetical player. “We may not make a university student out of him,” he told the jury, “but if we can teach him to read and write, maybe he can work at the post office rather than as a garbageman when he gets through with his athletic career.”

Nothing has changed at UGA, they just do a slightly better job of keeping things quiet, but that’s hard to do when 45 of your player-thugs have been arrested, isn’t it?

UGA: WINNER OF THE FULMER CUP AND THE CESSPOOL OF THE SOUTH.
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You know what man; Screw Jan Kemp; all she was trying to do was grandstand. She got what she deserved.

bugsquacher

November 5th, 2010
11:40 am

who cares? this season is over, we will be lucky to finish 6-6…. wooooo hoooo!

gdawginkalamazoo

November 5th, 2010
11:41 am

Sanford Drive, God bless you, drink two for me and enjoy the game for me. Nothing beats the game day in Athens no matter the opponent. Glad to see that somebody still sees it as it should be.