UGA alum Bob Behler is calling Boise State over the Bulldogs

Because the voice of the Boise State Broncos happens to be a UGA graduate, people assume Bob Behler must be torn about how he wants Saturday’s Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game at the Georgia Dome to turn out.

Think again.

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“There’s no question about it, I want Boise State to win,” Behler said Sunday. “That’s my team; it’s where I live; I know those kids.  I don’t know Mark Richt. He seems like a nice guy. But I’m friends with Chris Petersen. I’m wearing blue and orange to the stadium and I think Boise State is going to win the game.”

So let’s just go ahead and get that out of the way.

While extremely proud of his broadcast journalism degree from UGA’s Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and very grateful for his two productive years in Athens, Behler has put in a lot of miles at a lot of places since 1985. Most recently that has been Boise, Idaho, where he came to succeed Paul J. Schneider as the play-by-play voice in 2008.

You could say Behler’s timing is pretty good. He happened to catch the Broncos during the takeoff of what has continued to be a pretty awesome flight above the college football landscape.

“Thirty-eight and two since I’ve been here,” Behler spouts proudly. “Of course, [quarterback] Kellen Moore is 38-2 during that time, too, so that might have something to do with it.”

Behler didn’t know exactly what he was going to be in for when he accepted the Broncos’ gig. He’d spent 22 years calling I-AA games at Bucknell and UMass and, frankly, was just looking to call some Division I football.

In fact, he actually didn’t set out seeking Boise State. He applied for the play-by-play job at Virginia and the search firm handling that opening also happened to be involved with the Broncos. They asked Behler if he’d consider them, too.

“I said ’sure, why not,’” Behler recalled with a laugh. “You know which job I didn’t get.”

He got the better job. At this particular point Boise State is one of the hottest college football properties in the country and Behler has been along for every minute of the ride.

“I knew I was getting a team that had won a Fiesta Bowl [in 2007],” Behler said. “But did I think we’d be a Top 10 team every year? Probably not.”

So Behler was there when the Broncos won a second Fiesta Bowl in 2010 to cap off a 14-0 2009 season. He was behind the mic when they knocked off Oregon in 2008 and ‘09. And he was there last year in Washington, D.C., when everybody and their brother was assuring us that Boise couldn’t get it done  against a Virginia Tech team which was clearly too big and physical and had more tradition and whose fans were going to make up 80-plus percent of spectators in a pro football venue.

Sound familiar?

“I think this will be a great game, just like that one was,” Behler said, referring to Boise’s 33-30 win over the Hokies at FedEx Field.  “I give us the edge with Kellen Moore at quarterback and our defense is very, very good. Led the nation in sacks last year.  I also think our situation at running back is better. I think Georgia gets a big edge in the kicking game. Not sure about the lines.”

I asked Bob how the Bulldogs were being viewed out in Idaho.

“People think Georgia is a very talented and they know it’s going to be tough to play somebody from the SEC,” he said. “They’re concerned with their size and athleticism. All the same things they were concerned about with Virginia Tech.”

Behler was thrilled when he first learned his two favorite schools were hooking up. While his roots aren’t deep in the Georgia red clay of Athens, he credits the school for getting him where he is today.

A native of Stockton, Calif., Behler enrolled at UGA in 1983 because he wanted to “go someplace different” and because his high school journalism teacher new somebody on the UGA journalism faculty. Behler had called his high school’s games on radio and stayed behind the mic for two years of junior college.

At Georgia he was introduced to sports information director Claude Felton, who said he could work for him and call women’s basketball and baseball.

“Claude always impressed me in that he let his students do things that were important,” Behler said. “He was always around to help but he gave you real responsibility and let you get in there and do it.”

From Athens, Behler got a job broadcasting games for the Chattanooga Lookouts. Then he went north and worked for Bucknell for 13 years, then nine at UMass. Just about the time he felt like true Easterner, he was whisked back west.

“It’s different,” he said. “The town reminds me a little of Northern California. We’re in a valley and it’s not as rural as you might think. It’s a city of 500,000 people. But it gets pretty sparse a few miles out of town. You can’t just get in your car and drive to a lot of places.”

No need to leave. The Broncos are the biggest thing around. Behler is looking forward to watching Moore get the eight wins he needs to become the winningest college quarterback ever. And he’ll like it even more if the first victory comes against the old alma mater.

“Sometimes you get lucky and I certainly did,” he said being a Bronco.

397 comments Add your comment

ugakev

August 29th, 2011
6:32 am

blah blah blah…I am just ready to embaress boise state…If Georgia doesn’t win by double digits I will be disappointed…Go Dawgs!!

RedandBlackDAWG

August 29th, 2011
6:34 am

Good for him. I hope he likes the taste of crow after Saturdays game. What else can he say? It appears to be the only job he could get with a div. 1 school, so he hasn’t got a lot of choice. After UGA, if Moore can’t pick up eigth wins in the conference they play in, then he will surely be in for a rude awakening if the NFL comes calling. I wonder what Boise’s record would have been, if they had been playing in the SEC for his time at Boise?

lanier

August 29th, 2011
6:45 am

Boise ran over their weak conf. opponents means nothing? Remember UCF?

Boise in ATL

August 29th, 2011
6:45 am

ugakev – gt ready to be diappointed! Boise will win this game.

I do think UGA will be improved – but with so many changes going on the program at key skill positions – and a questionable O-Line – and a defense that is trying to get it’s act together – I think it will take some time for UGA to jell. The potential is there for UGA to have a very good season.

The only question marks we have in terms on new players at key positions is WR. Like UGA, we lost our two best WR’s – but, our replacements should be good. Behler is correct – our defense is incredible – very fast – very athletic – and does have some size.

Expecting a good game – best of luck the rest of the season.

BIDDAWG

August 29th, 2011
6:47 am

34-10 Georgia, mark it down!

Bigdsel

August 29th, 2011
6:53 am

I hope we win

" HOT " seat

August 29th, 2011
6:55 am

. . . . . . gotta beat boise state in the GEORGIA dome.

Boise in ATL

August 29th, 2011
6:56 am

Redand Black Dawg – reagrding your question on what Boises record would have been if they had an SEC record during Behlers time at Boise – good hypotehitical.

Here is an answer:
– Our record LAST year would have been better than UGA’s.
I also believe we would have beaten Colorado and UCF.

In 2009 – I think Boise was the better team – as UGA could not beat OK State or KY.

IN 2008 – UGA jelled at the end of the year and playing extremely good.

So – I know it’s hypothetical – but based on games played and the downward sprial UGA has been on – Boise would have been better overall since Behler arrived on campus.

You asked – that’s a reply based on facts.

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August 29th, 2011
6:57 am

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85Dog

August 29th, 2011
6:59 am

Congrats Bob and best of luck at Boise State. Win ‘em all…except for that first one against the Dogs!

Palm City Dawg

August 29th, 2011
6:59 am

As a UGA journalism grad I welcome the comments, but I look to these new DAWGS to kick some Bronco butt! 5 days, 11 hours! Oh yeah!!!

BIDDAWG

August 29th, 2011
7:00 am

There’s a good chance when we play Boise State on Saturday that every starter from GA will be rated higher than every starter from Boise State out of highschool. We are bigger, faster, stronger, and definitely more atheletic. If we were to possibly lose, what would that say about our program?

AltamahaDawg

August 29th, 2011
7:01 am

Guess what Bob Behler has in common with everyone else I have never heard of?

CFB Fan

August 29th, 2011
7:05 am

RedandBlackDAWG and lanier

Boise has no control over there conference opponents. They could get into another conference, but do you think that the SEC, Pac12, or the other BCS conferences would give them a chance? How have they performed in BCS bowls in which they have played. How has UGA performed in BCS bowls during the same time span?

The polls need to be removed from the championship deciding process of college football. At the start of the season, every team should have an equal shot at playing for the national championship, otherwise the system should be changed.

2010 Season Re-Cap

August 29th, 2011
7:07 am

After the Hokies lost by 3 points to Boise State,
the next week Powerhouse James Madison proceeded to beat Virginia Tech by 5 points.

dkchap

August 29th, 2011
7:07 am

Nice Video…gettin ready for some football this Saturday!

dawgs112

August 29th, 2011
7:08 am

I just hope the boise fans dont chant “over-rated” at us like we did to them in ‘05…

dawgs112

August 29th, 2011
7:09 am

after all, uga fans have class, tight?

Hit REAL Hard

August 29th, 2011
7:12 am

You telling me that a team from Boise, Idaho
is going to whip up on the Dawgs in the Georgia Dome?

Strange Murphy

August 29th, 2011
7:14 am

Who is Bob Behler? Who really cares what this person has to say?

Boise in ATL

August 29th, 2011
7:19 am

2010 Season Recap – this is true – then VT rebounded after the Boise loss took the win out of the sails – put them in a funk – and were beaten by James Madison……and went undefeated the balance of the regular season – beat FSU in the championship game for the ACC – but lost in their bowl game. The Same FSU team that whipped Florida – which beat UGA ……. again.

Also – UGA started off the year 1-4 – and lost to bottom feeder Colorado – a team that I would bet James Madision could beat. UGA’s highlight win of the 2010 season was a blowout win against Tennessee – which finished 6-7 – and of course beating GT – which finished…..6-7.

And your point is????????

CFB Fan

August 29th, 2011
7:24 am

Hit REAL Hard

Don’t be surprised if Boise wins. They are a good team that has won as many BCS bowl games as UGA in the past 25 years.

Boise in ATL

August 29th, 2011
7:26 am

BIDDAWG – I am sure UGA’s players were also higher ranked, bigger , faster, stronger than Colorado and UCF – as well as OK State and KY the year before.

Their is a sense of parity in college football – but the problem with recruiting rankings is they look at a high school kid at that moment. Some of these 4-5 stars are peaked out – and maybe uncoachable – less upside potential.

For example – the kid from UGA that was a transfer from Western KY – and went on to play in the NFL a few seasons – verron Haynes. Nobody recruited this kid except for 1-AA schools – but he transferred to UGA. That kid had heart – was a fantastic player – lived up to his high end potential – and he is a reason why UGA became successful in Richt.

Boise’s team is full of Verron Hayes. We do a great job of finding these kids – they all have something to prove and play team ball – very unselfish.

JW

August 29th, 2011
7:26 am

Typical carpet-bagger……

dawg85

August 29th, 2011
7:28 am

Glad they play the game on the field and not in the news, otherwise Georgia wouldn’t have a chance. Dawgs 38-17.

Brooksdawg

August 29th, 2011
7:28 am

It is GAME WEEK!!!!! Lets get that bad taste out of our mouths from the bowl game with a win over the #5 team in the land….Nothing against Kellen but…he will be the 2nd best quarterback in this game…Murray will lead the DAWGS to the first of many victories this season.

Hairy Dawg

August 29th, 2011
7:30 am

He a traitor just like Muschumps. We will be showing Boise exposed as nothing but over hyped high school that plays in kiddie league. They don’t have the SEC talent and speed and been getting by on weak schedule.

Ogeechee Dawg

August 29th, 2011
7:32 am

@ Boise in ATL, at least you argue with facts. Congrats on Boise raising the level of the program. Obviously – the point most Dawg fans are making is Boise does not have to endure a grind in their scheduling. Going back to back to back against tough opponents wear on you physically and trying to keep mentally high is hard. What I respect about Boise is at least you guys are trying to upgrade your schedule by taking on the Oregons, V-Techs and Georgia’s of the world. I for one would love to see you Boise and BYU go to the B12 after Texas A&M comes to the SEC.

Chuck

August 29th, 2011
7:33 am

Win or lose, this guy still looks like a prick with ears.

Brooksdawg

August 29th, 2011
7:35 am

Boise in Atl—I agree about the HEART factor…and the upside of 3 star players..I think you have an awesome team there in Boise..An AWESOME coach….great quarterback and defense..I think it will be a hard fought game..but in the end I think UGA wins this one..Hope everyone comes out injury free and Boise wins out after the first game..Best of luck post 9-4…Gooooo DAWGS SIC ‘EM

Boise in ATL

August 29th, 2011
7:35 am

Brooksdawg – you could be correct about Murray – this guy is really impressive. For now, and until Murray can lead UGA to some impressive victories when UGA is the underdog – or at least some wins against ranked opponents – I go with Moore. But to your point – UGA has a very good QB – too bad the rest of the team did not follow his lead last year.

CFB Fan

August 29th, 2011
7:37 am

Ogeechee Dawg

Why not have Boise in the SEC so that Boise’s inferiority can be proven once and for all. Maybe Vanderbilt could be moved to another conference, oh wait, they are needed to keep some semblance of academic integrity in the SEC; providing actual STUDENT-athletes with actual college majors, unlike the majority of SEC schools with their athletes majoring in recreation and leisure studies, and general studies.

AP

August 29th, 2011
7:37 am

Boise in ATL -

The question was, if BSU had been in the SEC over the last 5 years, what would their record look like?. Your response and “proof” was to suggest that BSU would have been better than Georgia during that span, which is a completely different debate. Go take a look at Florida’s October schedule and let us know how you think BSU would manage that grind on a year-to-year basis. That was the essence of the question. By no means am I discrediting what BSU has done over the last several years, and it’s very possible that you guys knock off the Dawgs come Saturday. But I’m gonna go out on a limb and suggest that your record isn’t 55-5 (or whatever) if you’re playing an SEC schedule.

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
7:39 am

Ever thought maybe Virginia Tech isn’t as good as Georgia? It doesn’t matter what this guy says. Last season was last season. We made mistakes, we just have to learn from them. 6-7 isn’t what anybody expected or wanted, that’s why this season we’re coming to fight. Boise won’t like what’s going to happen on Saturday. Dawgs win.Then where will the trolls and haters be?

CFB Fan

August 29th, 2011
7:42 am

Athens Dawg

Doesn’t UGA go into every season ready to fight?

Lowcountry Bulldawg

August 29th, 2011
7:44 am

Thought it was a pretty good story myself. Plenty of pricks up eary it seems. Live here in Chattanooga so I definetly thought it was funny he left UGA to go broadcast Lookout games at old Engel Stadium. Well its game week and the nerves have yet to kick in, give me 48 hours and it may be different story.

Black & Blue

August 29th, 2011
7:51 am

All the Dawgs have to do is hit REAL hard (over & over).

Paddy

August 29th, 2011
7:51 am

BIDDAWG……….the only folks that believe in that Star System rating for HS players are the guys trying to sell you that subscription. Can’t believe an adult would fall for that con game. It has no relevance to college performance and winning football. Wish I had some swamp land to sell you. lol

Go Dawgs!!!!!

Mean Machine

August 29th, 2011
7:54 am

I’m sorry, Boise in ATL, but I must comment here. “Our defense is incredible”.. While you may win a shootout on Sat, I wouldn’t necessarily describe as incredible surrendering 30 points to a team who could only hang 16 on James Madison.

KeepDreaming

August 29th, 2011
7:54 am

BOB WHO?????

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
7:55 am

CFB Fan…yes we come to fight every season but sometimes with the wrong attitude like we’re entitled. I don’t get the sense of entitlement with this team. There’s no “ME’s” on this team. We all want to win as a team and we have the same goal. We’ve busted our butts like we never have before and now we’re ready to show how hard we’ve worked. I don’t like Boise’s chances; not saying they can’t or won’t win; just don’t like their chances.

Athens Dawg

August 29th, 2011
7:57 am

We’ll all see in 5 days I’m just tired of talking. Let’s strap it up!

honest harry

August 29th, 2011
7:57 am

TIME FOR BOISE TO BE PUT BACK IN THEIR PLACE. DAWGS IN A LAUGHER!!!!

AltamahaDawg

August 29th, 2011
8:02 am

All last year proved was that highly recruited guy that don’t play with heart and determination can fail same as 2 star guys. But it’s also been proven that when they do, they beat the lesson talanted teams almost every single time. So the guestion is: would you rather have higher ranked players, bigger, stronger, faster, playing with heart and determination, or the lessor ranked players doing the same?

St. Clarkston

August 29th, 2011
8:03 am

Boise sure has gotten a lot of mileage out of three decent wins in the last ten years. Close victories over Va Tech, Okla and Oregon do not a dynasty make. Boise’s schedule is a joke, year in and year out, unless one is impressed with a steady diet of Toledo, Tulsa, Wyoming, San Diego ST and Idaho. That’s not a schedule, that’s a homecoming line-up for the next decade.

Rod

August 29th, 2011
8:04 am

I think Georgia will win. UGA is on the rise, and while good, I think Boise is slightly down with the losses at the receiver positions. I think UGA is desparate and has a giant chip on their shoulder and that is bad for Boise.

Tyree

August 29th, 2011
8:06 am

Boise State 55, Nike Clown Costumes 10

Nate the Great

August 29th, 2011
8:08 am

Boise will bring a well coached experienced team. Not too sure we win, definitely won’t happen In convincing fashion like a lot of my fellow fans.
I like everyone want a victory, but I’ll be looking for two things to see if this has made the necessary improvements:
1) do we make in game adjustments. Last year I get we were didn’t have the experience or bodies to make the defense go but I couldn’t really tell where we adjusted to try what was working for the other team (a la carolina and gt running the ball).
2) Do we come ready to play and do we really finish the drill. If this team comes out flat and resembles anything that took the field against UCF or WV a few years ago, Im pretty much done with this coaching staff. I’m tired of glowing preseason reports and then a mediocre team taking the field. Its a gutsy move to allow the videographer to run the s&c program

icallbs

August 29th, 2011
8:10 am

Georgia’s offensive line is not a “question mark”. It is anchored by two projected first round NFL draft picks. The issue and “question mark” is depth. If, and it is a pretty big if, Georgia can get through these first two games without injury on the O-line they will be putting a very formidable O-line on the field. No one knows how the back-ups on the O-line can play – they could be just fine, or not….Hopefully it won’t be an issue.

Georgia has a lot of uncertainty going into this game, but there is a reasonable chance a lot of the uncertainty turns out to really, really nice surprises. We’ll soon know.

ga gator

August 29th, 2011
8:13 am

We all realize that Boise does not play in the SEC and play a weaker conference schedule, and to keep talking about how weak their conference is, is redundant. Funny thing though the PAC 10 sure did not want them and could have invited them and one cannot deny Boise is willing to play anyone anytime to help build their national rep. They do more with 2 and 3 star kids than anyone in the country. I just hope that UGA takes care of business and does not embarrass the SEC.

UGA 27 Boise 24.