Georgia-Boise State game set; UGA cancels two games vs. Louisville (updated)

(Updated 8 p.m.)

Georgia’s football team will open next season in Atlanta against Boise State, which has emerged as an improbable powerhouse in recent years.

The Bulldogs and Broncos will play on Sept. 3 in the Georgia Dome in the fourth annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game, event organizers announced Friday. The game will be nationally televised in prime time on ABC or ESPN.

The Georgia-Boise State pairing marks the first time Atlanta’s season-opening event has included a team from inside the state or a team from outside the SEC/ACC footprint.

“It was too good an opportunity to turn down,” Georgia athletic director Greg McGarity said.

Arranging the matchup required machinations involving a number of schools. The final contractual obstacles were cleared mid-afternoon Friday, game president Gary Stokan said.

To clear room on its schedule, Georgia canceled a contract with Louisville that had called for games against the Cardinals in 2011 (in Athens) and 2012 (in Louisville). The Chick-fil-A Game will pay Louisville $600,000 to buy out the contract with Georgia, Stokan said. North Carolina agreed to replace UGA on Louisville’s schedule in 2011 and 2012.

Boise State also had to alter its schedule to accommodate the game. The Broncos had been scheduled to open next season at Ole Miss, but the Boise State-Ole Miss game will be pushed back to 2014, when it will be played in the Georgia Dome as one of two “Kickoff” games that year. Alabama will face a team yet to be determined in the other 2014 game, Stokan said. BYU agreed to replace Boise State on Ole Miss’ 2011 schedule.

ESPN was instrumental, Stokan said, in finding ways to make the pieces fit.

In the end, Georgia traded home-and-home games against Louisville -– a series that did not fit McGarity’s scheduling philosophy – for a high-profile, close-to-home matchup against Boise State.

“We felt like it was important that we be on the national stage,” McGarity said. “We felt it would bring a level of excitement that we really need in our program.”

McGarity noted that the arrangement leaves Georgia with six games in Athens in 2011 but will allow a seventh home game to be added in 2012. He said Georgia is close to a deal with a non-BCS opponent, which he would not name, to play in Athens on the 2012 date that the Bulldogs previously were scheduled to be in Louisville.

Louisville said in a news release that Georgia’s decision came “much to the dismay of the Cardinals.”

“While we certainly would have preferred to keep the series with Georgia, we are pleased to open up the season next year at North Carolina and look forward to hosting them … in 2012,” Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said in the release. “We were thrilled when we secured a series with Georgia five years ago. We were approached to mutually agree to cancel this series, but we declined. Georgia exercised their option to cancel our series.”

The three previous Chick-fil-A Kickoff games matched an SEC team vs. an ACC team: Alabama vs. Clemson in 2008, Alabama vs. Virginia Tech in 2009 and LSU vs. North Carolina this year.

Boise State brings “a nationally known brand” to the game, Stokan said. The Broncos, ranked No. 3 in this week’s Associated Press poll, carried a 9-0 record and a 23-game winning streak into Friday night’s game against Fresno State.

The Georgia-Boise State game will change the dynamics of the 72,000-seat Georgia Dome for the event. While tickets were evenly distributed between the teams in the previous three Kickoff games, the planned allocation for this matchup is 7,500 tickets to Boise State and the rest of the available seats to Georgia, Stokan said.

Georgia will receive about $1.7 million and Boise State about $1.4 million for playing in the game, Stokan said.

As previously announced, N.C. State will face Tennessee and Auburn will play Clemson in two 2012 “Kickoff” games at the Dome.

473 comments Add your comment

PhillyDawg

November 19th, 2010
3:34 pm

dawg from a distance

November 19th, 2010
3:36 pm

Go DAWGS! Beat those taters.

MURPHY

November 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

Great-looking forward to it. Wouldnt it be nice to still have A.J and Houston when this games rolls around? We can always wish.

jj

November 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

yes! so excited to play Boise!

T-Rav and the Eastside Grainger

November 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

Hah. This oughtta be good.

Chuck

November 19th, 2010
3:38 pm

Forget the taters… We had better get ready for the nerds so we can have morepractice before our consolation bowl!!!

Jim Mora, Sr.

November 19th, 2010
3:39 pm

Great. Gonna start off 0-1 next season.

dawgbone

November 19th, 2010
3:39 pm

can’t wait

dee

November 19th, 2010
3:39 pm

man this is big! go dawgs!

DawginLex

November 19th, 2010
3:40 pm

i told you McGarity was going to get his way.

richt better win in 2011.

Heat is now on big time

Don Corleone

November 19th, 2010
3:40 pm

If we can’t beat Colorado, how the he11 can we beat Boise??!!

DawgNation

November 19th, 2010
3:40 pm

Who is going to be first to call this a cup cake team??

Lebransky

November 19th, 2010
3:41 pm

Oh no! Not the Dawgs again. My butt still hurts from last time

wahoo

November 19th, 2010
3:41 pm

when do tickets go on sale…????

MURPHY

November 19th, 2010
3:42 pm

DawginLex,

Good call-Seat just got hotter!

RxDawg

November 19th, 2010
3:42 pm

Really? Well cool. I like this news.

Dean Wormer

November 19th, 2010
3:43 pm

Good job, McGarrity…..switch a guaranteed win vs The ‘Ville to a guaranteed loss vs the Blue Turf Sod Farm.

MDAWG24

November 19th, 2010
3:43 pm

Interesting.. I like it and hopefully we show up!

Trent

November 19th, 2010
3:43 pm

Why is this just now being announced? They announced that Auburn and Clemson would be the 2012 Chickfila Kickoff game over a month ago.. so why wait till now for the 2011 Kickoff game announcement..??

Twelfth Man

November 19th, 2010
3:43 pm

Awesome. Thank you ESPN and Gary Stokan for pulling this off. Great way to start the season.

Bulldawg Richie

November 19th, 2010
3:43 pm

Cool. where can i get my tickets?

Mark Richt

November 19th, 2010
3:44 pm

Ur…. Uh… we better show up!

Twelfth Man

November 19th, 2010
3:44 pm

Trent – Because Georgia already had a contract in place to play a home and home with Louisville which had to be broke to get this game.

Fake Urban Myer

November 19th, 2010
3:44 pm

Ya’ll will get the beat down and start 0-1. Next you will be calling for the coach to be fired. You will also talk about how UGA is a football powerhouse and should not be get beat by BSU.
HAHAHA…..

Just remember...

November 19th, 2010
3:44 pm

…Boise and Va Tech this year…

Saint Simons

November 19th, 2010
3:45 pm

(((( 49 – 31 ))))

HAHAHAHAHAHA

Paul's (small) Johnson

November 19th, 2010
3:45 pm

Please UGA

November 19th, 2010
3:47 pm

Please UGA, do NOT lose that game! I find it interesting how Boise chooses to play their “tough” games early in the season…

old dawg

November 19th, 2010
3:47 pm

what a cupcake game

Hankie Aron

November 19th, 2010
3:47 pm

Trent- Stokan who is over the Chick Fil A kickoff game needed 2 teams to come in because they didn’t have this one set up yet. They had a tough time filling the game for some reason. Maybe we will win

Please UGA

November 19th, 2010
3:48 pm

I just got off the phone with Rodney Garner and told him it was going to take $180K to sign Isaiah Crowell, so if he goes to UGA, he’ll now be ineligible.

You’re welcome!

Yeller Skeeters are Peter Eaters!!!

November 19th, 2010
3:48 pm

BSU needs this game to embarrass an SEC team and prove that are deserving of a title shot. Unfortunately, it will probably go down like the VT game. UGA will lose 7 games and that win will still not be good enough to get them in the big dance….sigh.

Dawgfan

November 19th, 2010
3:49 pm

What happened to the Louisville game?

Hankie Aron

November 19th, 2010
3:49 pm

It’s definately good for recruiting

GaDAwg

November 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

Great! Dawgs will smoke em just like last time. My question as a season ticket holder, is how this affects us? The dome seats approximately 21K less than Sanford. So some of Hartman fund contributors and season ticket buyers are going to be left out.

Hankie Aron

November 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

Dawgfan- It was Cancelled home and home with Louisville

Andy

November 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

I think we’ll be ok on offense. We better find a pass rush though, especially if Houston leaves. I think Boise St. is a pretty good team, and they usually play well in big games, though they only have 1 or 2 big games in a season. I can’t help but remember the beat down the Dawgs put on them a few years ago. That was fun.

Lucky

November 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

At least BU should not be quite as good next year. They are losing both of their big play wide receivers and hopefully the QB will leave early.

John Gibson

November 19th, 2010
3:50 pm

Relax Dawg fans, it’s for 2011. that’s AFTER next season, when Georgia will be better. In two years they should be MUCH better. Your quarterback, Murray, will be a junior then and should be sharp as a tack. Plus, a GREAT WAY to see if those Boise State tater pickers are all that ESPN thinks they are. We have always said BS should play an SEC team to see if they are really national calibre – in 2011 they will! GO DAWGS!!!!

Dou

November 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

This could be UGA LY! As in 48-13 Boise. Oh well………

Jacob

November 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

Love seeing this as a UGA fan – hopefully the dawgs will hand it to them and represent the SEC. So tired of these teams who play 1 real team and then practically play High School teams the rest of the season, and expect to play in the BCS National Championship game.

spider

November 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

BOISE STATES toughest game next year will be the SDSU AZTECS, not the UGA BULLDOGS

Dawgfan2012

November 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

I love that we are playing them, this is exactly what we need to get the program back on track. GO DAWGS!!!!!

Please UGA

November 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

What part of the 2011 season do you believe is in 2012 there John Gibson? Please tell me you’re just a dawg fan, and not an alumnus?!

Dumb Ga FAN

November 19th, 2010
3:52 pm

We need a BLACKOUT for this game or we could get some silver pants with dog bone on them.

what will dog fans do?

November 19th, 2010
3:53 pm

after beating a nobody team the first game of this year, the dog fans had delusions of grandeur and were predicting SEC East champions and maybe even better. At least next year their fantasies will be ended right away.

Bulldawg Richie

November 19th, 2010
3:54 pm

UGA is not afraid to play anybody. I’ll be there if I can get tickets.

ugadawg2005

November 19th, 2010
3:54 pm

John Gibson, we are currently in November, 2010. The kickoff game in 2011 is the first game of the upcoming season.

GaDAwg

November 19th, 2010
3:55 pm

Hey John Gibson – Not sure what year you are in but, 2011 season is only two games away. Murray will not be a junior but a redshirt sophomore.

Please UGA

November 19th, 2010
3:55 pm

John Gibson is living 2009 over again since 2010 has gone so poorly…