No disrespect to Boise State but the outcome of the game on Saturday is totally dependent on which Georgia team shows up. BSU is a known commodity. They are a solid team on both sides of the ball. They will win against any team that doesn’t come to play four quarters of near flawless football.
UGA is the wildcard. A good UGA team should be able to handle BSU. Our players are bigger, they are stronger and they have better pedigree. If we play to our potential, then UGA wins going away.
Unfortunately over the last couple of years, UGA hasn’t played like UGA. We are not lacking in coaching. We are not lacking in talent. We have been lacking in focus and team chemistry. Too many bad eggs have caused a sense of entitlement. Too much losing has caused a sense of despair. Coach Richt got a little too comfortable and let coaches stay in their position longer than they should have been.
All of that has changed. After going 8-5 in 2009, coach Richt got rid of our defensive coordinator and installed a new one with NFL roots and a shiny new 3-4 defense. After going 6-7 in 2010 where our players couldn’t stay out of trouble and fell flat in the second and fourth quarters, Richt changed the S&C program and got serious about stopping the discipline issues. He now has a DC going into his second year with the pieces in place that he needs to run a 3-4 defense. We’ve had no arrests in months and our team is in visibly better shape.
With all of that said, if it doesn’t translate onto the field then we’re in trouble. If the same team that scored six against UCF and allowed the wheel route to kill them all year shows up, then BSU’s going to put up half a hundred on us.
On the other hand if we come out with a chip on our shoulder, like we did against BSU in 2005 and UH in 2008, then we will take it to BSU, again. We will prove to them and the talking heads that the SEC is the best conference and even a down UGA can get it done.
Oddly, UGA plays best when we’re disrespected. We were told in 2005 that BSU was going to show the SEC and the world that they had arrived. We were told going into the Sugar Bowl that Colt Brennan was just too much quarterback for us to handle, neither proved to be true.
So, what say you Bleacher Report readers? We know what BSU brings to the dance. Which UGA team shows up?