Might UGA, Boise State meet in the Georgia Dome?

ATHENS – Might Georgia play Boise State in a season-opening football game next year in Atlanta?

As rumors swirled Thursday about such a possibility in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity and coach Mark Richt were mum on the matter.

“I just can’t comment on it at this time,” McGarity said Thursday night.

Asked how he would feel about playing Boise State in the Georgia Dome, Richt replied with a smile: “Hypothetically? Hypothetically, no comment.”

Richt said he was told not to comment on the matter, but he did offer a hint of a possible timetable for a decision when he was asked if playing in the Chick-fil-A Game would be important because of the recruiting benefit it has provided other SEC teams.

“I’ll tell you Monday,” he said.

Gary Stokan, who runs the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, has said often in the past that he would like to have Georgia in the game whenever it works for the school. Although he has two Kickoff games lined up for 2012, Stokan has been seeking a 2011 matchup for at least a couple of years. He could not be reached Thursday.

Stokan has noted in the past that matchups are extremely difficult to arrange, particularly for games as close at hand as 2011, because of all the variables involved. He has compared the process to a Rubik’s cube. For example, Georgia and Boise State likely would have to get out of existing contracts with Louisville and Ole Miss, respectively, in order to meet next season.

Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone posted on Twitter early Thursday:  “Will have a big football schedule announcement today.” Later, he posted: “Sorry about the delay announcing football’s future schedule. A lot of moving parts and ESPN has a few loose ends.”

Georgia currently has seven home games scheduled for next season, including the Louisville game.

Boise State is undefeated this season (9-0) and ranked No. 3 in this week’s AP poll.

By the way, Chick-fil-A this month opened its first restaurant in Idaho — on the Boise State campus.

377 comments Add your comment

Joe B.

November 18th, 2010
7:40 pm

Boise will kick UGA’s ass if Richt is still the coach.

Are you kidding?

November 18th, 2010
7:44 pm

It would be a slaughter.

Boise State 70, Georgia 17.

scott

November 18th, 2010
7:46 pm

last time they played it was the other way around

SGAMike

November 18th, 2010
7:46 pm

If UGA’s defense doesn’t improve Boise would likely blow em out of the water. But, I’d still love to see it.

Not on my watch

November 18th, 2010
7:49 pm

Richt will never agree to open the season with his thugs against a top notch team.

Anthony

November 18th, 2010
7:49 pm

Boise is losing several significant players this year (both of their fast WRs and a lot of their defense), so the matchup could be pretty even in 2011. Boise will still have Moore and Martin, though…

dawgfan618

November 18th, 2010
7:49 pm

UGA with another spring/summer to learn the defense, Murray another year older, I think we spank Boise… again

Dawg in Kentucky

November 18th, 2010
7:50 pm

As Corso might say….Not so fast my friend. I’m convinced the DAWGS won’t come out in 2011 as we did this year. What a game! Dawgs win!

Aaron Murray

November 18th, 2010
7:51 pm

im sure i could light their defense up just like everyone else’s i have bring em on they cant handle the dirty south. rumor is My star WR is returning for next year…

Burma Shave

November 18th, 2010
7:53 pm

Boise State

Is oh so good

They’ll kill the dawgs

You know they would.

Burma Shave

ignition

November 18th, 2010
7:54 pm

With that D and the offensive talent that UGA will have left (after AJ Green & the other top receivers leave) I seriously doubt UGA could compete in that game….
However it is an intriguing match up ..

trupert

November 18th, 2010
7:54 pm

Sounds like a great matchup to me, bring em on and go Dawgs!!!

Vance Duly

November 18th, 2010
7:56 pm

With a new strength & conditioning coach, no more running on 2nd and 10 after an incomplete pass, and possibly with a new Top 10 Offensive Coordinator, and with a playmaker or 2 on the D-line, and a play-making linebacker, and a playmaking safety who other teams fear, we would have a good chance…..!?! Sigh…………. (insert barking sound here……)

JRW7

November 18th, 2010
8:00 pm

Yea, Boise St is way overrated, bring’um on!

Sammy

November 18th, 2010
8:03 pm

It is a done deal. GA will face Boise in Atlanta next year. Richt turns his career around at that game as UGA dominates Boise giving them their first loss in a long time. It is a gamble for UGA and especially for Richt. If he fails–then it may be the beginning of the end for UGA’s best ever coach.

Still waiting

November 18th, 2010
8:09 pm

It’s time for bigmouth Richt to put up or shut up. Play a real OOC team for once.

independent

November 18th, 2010
8:11 pm

dogs, you would have no chance against Boise. They would out play and out coach you badly. You need to stick to opening up with teams like La Monroe or Lafeyette, they are the only teams you can beat. Your football is a mockery, a fools errand. You lack class, can not play worth a lick, and use thugs instead of decent players like Florida and Auburn. It is no wonder you are so disrespected throughout the league, we all love seeing you get spanked week after week. It will continue next year and beyond, get used to being a second rate program, it is after all, what you really are

raymond

November 18th, 2010
8:13 pm

Dont expect the same outcome as 2005 when the dawgs beat them easily.

dawgfan618

November 18th, 2010
8:14 pm

ignition, what other top receivers? We’ll lose AJ and Kris Durham. AJ is a huge hit, yes, but we’ll still have Tavarres King, Marlon Brown, Rantavious Wooten, Israel Troupe, Logan Gray. Most of our OL are Juniors, so they’ll be back (although not sure that’s a plus), running backs are all back. What other top offensive talent?

dawgfan618

November 18th, 2010
8:17 pm

independent, you truly are a moron

Dawg_Mike

November 18th, 2010
8:17 pm

@ independent ——— “decent players like Florida and Auburn”
are you freaking kidding me?

Rob

November 18th, 2010
8:18 pm

Boise St came into Athens for the first game of the season with just as much hype as they have now after beating Oklahoma in the fiesta bowl and the dawgs ate them for lunch.

Dawg_Mike

November 18th, 2010
8:19 pm

I like this game. Do it.

Dylan

November 18th, 2010
8:19 pm

Really? A real OOC game once in a while?

How about playing at Arizona State in 2008 and then in Athens last year? Boise in 2005? OK State 2007 and 09? GA Tech every year also.

Rob

November 18th, 2010
8:21 pm

Boise St came into Athens for the first game of the season with just as much hype as they have now after beating Oklahoma in the fiesta bowl and the dawgs ate them for lunch..

independent

November 18th, 2010
8:22 pm

you stupid bullpups will never reach the pinnacle of the elite like auburn! you only with you could have a coach with as much class as chizik and god of a qb like cam newton! get over yourselves!

GTBob

November 18th, 2010
8:23 pm

Rob, you might want to check your facts on that one.

dc3

November 18th, 2010
8:23 pm

im all for this game do u remember 2005 boise st????

dawgfan618

November 18th, 2010
8:23 pm

Rob, sorry but we played Boise in 05. Boise beat Oklahoma after the 06 season. Boise was very hyped when they came to Athens though.

Maybe a chance...

November 18th, 2010
8:23 pm

The dawgs might have a chance if they all dress out in their special red panties. The frilly ones. :-)

IRAQI DAWG

November 18th, 2010
8:30 pm

OHHHHH…..The possibilities!!!…..IF everyone comes back including AJ Green..Murray a year older..Another year learning the new defense…It would be a super match-up!!!

Tech Sucks

November 18th, 2010
8:34 pm

Yeah Boise State was supposed to kill us when they came here too. EVERYONE picked that as the upset special. DJ Shockley threw like 5 TD passes in his first start in that game and we won by SEVEN Touchdowns.

Hawaii was supposed to beat us. etc. etc. etc.

We would destroy Boise State.

sybyll

November 18th, 2010
8:34 pm

I love to use different names and post inane nonsense on blogs. My other names are independent, maybe a chance, and are you kidding.

MichiganDawg

November 18th, 2010
8:37 pm

It’ll be a no contest. All we heard during the summer of ‘05 was Georgia was no match for Boise. I believe Georgia beat them 55 to 10.
Boise doesn’ t have near the depth that Georgia has. Nor the speed. The only reason the beat Oklahoma was that Oklahoma did not take them seriously.
Georgia would beat them like they stole something.

LLUGA

November 18th, 2010
8:42 pm

I would love to play Boise St….again….

SoCal Dawg

November 18th, 2010
8:48 pm

What!? There have been lots of years that I would have loved to play the smurfs. If we don’t improve before next year we will get our butts kicked. Yeah, that will be real go for recruiting!
That wouldn’t be good for UGA nor the SEC.

Smiling Jack

November 18th, 2010
8:49 pm

Play the game!!! Flush independent along with all the other crap.

Chicken SHats

November 18th, 2010
8:49 pm

Hey how bout Georgia meet us on our side of the country? Why these chickenhawk SEC or eastern schools too chicken to play Boise on the WEST?

I dont care what anyone says, Boise could beat Georgia, but traveling another 3000 miles and all the other disadvantages is not cool with me. The only way i’d be ok with this matchup is if the win and other ooc games would demand an NC bid. Otherwise, its not worth it. We did it this yr, and it hasn’t helped much.

Chicken SHats

November 18th, 2010
8:53 pm

Especially since Georgia is not good anymore…………

GTBob

November 18th, 2010
8:53 pm

What in the world are you guys talking about? In 2005 UGA was ranked 13th preseason and Boise St was 19th. But somehow Boise St was supposed to kill them? Boise St was lucky to be ranked that high too. It was one of their worst teams in recent memory.

Diners Drive Ins and Dives

November 18th, 2010
8:55 pm

Yeah…just like Utah (#14 in country last week) playing Notre Dame. It lost 28-7. Dogs rule this game if played. Forget it.

Still running untouched

November 18th, 2010
8:55 pm

I hope we do play them, if so we will not have to worry about them being undefeated and whinning about being left out of the BCS game next year…

Chicken SHats

November 18th, 2010
8:57 pm

Boise’s only had 2 down yrs in the last decade. Lucky for Georgia they play Boise one of there worse yrs and with the QB having the worst game ever………..

I wouldn’t put too much stock in that game. Boise’s worst yr is nothing to be braggin about beating them in.

david

November 18th, 2010
8:58 pm

still waiting on a date: we played 3 OOC temas last year from BCS conferences–only 3 BCS schools did– get your head out of your behind– im tired of “play a tough ooc opponent for once” –you are an IDIOT if you dont think we have played good schedules. yes, this year is an exception as well as next year–unless Boise comes to the ATL. in the past , UGA has played a top 20 schedule. check the facts IDIOT!!!

SoCal Dawg

November 18th, 2010
8:59 pm

Wow. There are some really optimistic fans posting tonight. Did y’all watch our secondary the past two years?

Sanford Drive

November 18th, 2010
9:00 pm

YES!!!!!! Bring them on!!!!

That will be a TOUGH ticket, and a matchup and National stage to sell the remaining recruits still on the fence.

Go dawgs!!!

Chicken SHats

November 18th, 2010
9:02 pm

How would you DAWGS compare georgia this yr to VT or the upcoming yr?

Don’t forget we smashed Oregon the last 2 yrs.

SoCal Dawg

November 18th, 2010
9:03 pm

Chicken SHats- I agree UGA is down right now. But we stomped y’all in 05.
“and with the QB having the worst game ever………..” There’s a reason your QB played so badly… it’s called defense.

david

November 18th, 2010
9:05 pm

chicken shats: what the hell does that mean? lucky they were down that year? what the hell does that have to do with the price of tea in china? they lined up and we lined up and kicked their arse. deal with it.

Dawgs Run This State!

November 18th, 2010
9:05 pm

Excellent idea!