Chik-fil-a Kickoff Game
Georgia Dome -
Saturday, September 3rd
8:00 PM ET - ESPN
Six years ago to the day, #18
Since that loss, Boise State has won two BCS bowls, and included victories over Oklahoma, Oregon (twice), Oregon State (twice), TCU and Virginia Tech. Saturday's game will likely have little resemblance to the last time these teams met and should be one of the best games on opening weekend.
I don’t consider myself a
Both teams have questions at receiver, as both lost their top-two wide outs from last year.
Georgia lost A.J. Green and Kris Durham, while lost Austin Pettis and Titus Young. Aaron Murray will be counting on junior Tavarres King (27 Rec, 504 yds, 5 TDs) and freshman Malcolm Mitchell. Junior tight end Orson Charles (26 rec, 422 yds, 2 TDs) is a pre-season All-American that could give the Broncos some trouble depending upon the match-up. Moore's top returning targets are senior Tyler Shoemaker (32 rec, 582 yds, 5 TDs) and TE Kyle Efaw (24 rec, 299 yds, 5 TDs), but he will count on a handful of other receivers to step-up including Kirby Moore (Kellen's brother), Matt Miller, Geraldo Boldewign, Mitch Burroughs and Chris Potter. Boise
This is the hardest group to compare and analyze.
has an experienced-but-thin offensive line with three seniors, tackles Cordy Glenn and Justin Anderson, and center Ben Jones. From what I've read, Glenn and Jones are supposed to be pretty impressive and will anchor Georgia ’s O-line. Boise State returns the entire left side of the line including pre-season All-American left tackle Nate Potter, guard Joe Kellog and four year starter at center Thomas Byrd. Last year Georgia averaged just over 4 yards per carry and allowed 24 sacks compared to Boise State averaging nearly 5.5 ypc and allowing only 6 sacks -- but obviously the average SEC defense is a little better than your average WAC defense. Georgia
Kellen Moore gets most of the hype but
's defensive line could be the catalyst for another BCS run. Three starters return - defensive end Shea McClellin (8.5 sacks & 12.5 tackles for loss), defensive tackles Billy Winn (5.5 sacks & 10.5 TFL) and Chase Baker (4.5 sacks & 6.5 TFL). Tyrone Crawford (7 sacks & 13.5 TFL) will be the other starting DE replacing Ryan Winterswyk. Boise State plays a 3-4 defense so I wouldn't expect their D-line to have extremely impressive numbers but the three returners Abry Jones, DeAngelo Tyson and Kwame Geathers combined for just 1 sack and 8.5 TFL last year, although a lot is expected from Geathers as he gets increased playing time this year. The Bulldogs could also get some help from JC-transfer Johnathan Jenkins, but he has battled a hamstring injury. Georgia
Georgia CB Branden Smith is the team's primary punt returner averaging 14.3 yards per return (10 returns) and CB Brandon Boykin averaged 24 yards per kickoff return (34 returns) with one touchdown.
wide receivers Chris Potter (13.3 yards per return, 1 touchdown on 22 returns) and Mitch Burroughs (15.8 yards per return on 8 returns) split punt return duties last year for the Broncos but they'll be replacing kickoff returner Titus Young. Perhaps we’ll see Doug Martin? Boise State
The "neutral site" game is at the Georgia Dome in
Atlanta - 70 miles from Georgia's campus in - obviously giving the Bulldogs home field advantage. That said, Athens played well in a similar environment last year against Virginia Tech. I would be more concerned about this if someone other than Boise State was the quarterback. Both teams have a lot to play for. Moore is looking for a surge of energy from the big-time opener, and for the Broncos, it's a season defining game—a chance to gain more credibility and perhaps propel them toward another undefeated season and BCS bowl. Georgia
What does it all mean?
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