Georgia Bulldogs Football: 5 Reasons the Dawgs Will Beat Boise State
After a very disappointing 2010 campaign, Mark Richt and the Georgia Bulldogs are ready to impress the nation on the very first weekend.
Their matchup against Boise State on Sept. 3rd will be the biggest season opener in Mark Richt's 10-year career in Athens.
Let's look at five reasons why the Dawgs will knock off the Broncos.
UGA Has Nothing to Lose
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Coming off a 6-7 season, Mark Richt knows the Dawgs are against the wall.
They're not only fighting for respect in the football world but also for Richt's job.
If the Dawgs beat Boise State, they'll have all the momentum in the world heading into the South Carolina game.
If they lose, they're no worse off in the SEC race and have had a full 60 minutes of intense play heading to the matchup against the Gamecocks.
The Line of Scrimmage
Whoever wins the line of scrimmage usually wins the game.
The Dawgs have a huge advantage in size against the Broncos both on the offensive and defensive lines.
UGA's offensive line averages 6'4", 329 lbs and their D-line stands 6'3", 318 lbs.
For the Broncos, however, their offensive and defensive lines stand only 6'2", 291 and 6'3", 281, respectively.
The biggest difference?
Boise State's center, Thomas Byrd, is 5'11", 288 lbs.
Georgia's nose tackle, John Jenkins, is 6'4", 340 lbs.
Athens, GA to Atlanta, GA is roughly 70 miles.
Boise, ID to Atlanta, GA? Roughly 2,200 miles.
The Dawgs will take a short bus ride to the Georgia Dome, whereas the Broncos will have to fly across the country for their showdown.
It will be a virtual home game for Georgia on Sept. 3rd.
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Entering the 2011 season, the Georgia Bulldogs have the best kicker/punter combination in the entire country.
Blair Walsh has been a finalist for the Lou Groza award and is on pace to become Georgia's all-time leading scorer.
Drew Butler won the Ray Guy award in 2009 and is probably the greatest punter in Bulldog history.
The Broncos will sport a new kicker in 2011 and a punter used sparingly over the past few years.
Special teams are always important in big games. Look for this to be no different in 2011.
The Dawgs Are Hungry
This game has been on every Georgia player's mind for the past nine months.
Each and every one of them realize the need to start strong on national television.
Look for the Dawgs to come out aggressively and play hard for 60 mintues.
There will definitely be no looking ahead to their showdown against the Gamecocks.
Boise or Bust.