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This is another game that is technically at a "neutral site," but in reality, it's a home game for the Dawgs, as it is being played in Atlanta. This could end up being a make-or-break game for both teams; if the Broncos lose, their chances at the BCS Championship game are all but gone, and a loss for Georgia would be a big setback in what needs to be an impressive season if Mark Richt wants to keep his job.
At this point, everyone is familiar with Boise State QB Kellen Moore and what he brings to the table; he is one of the nation's most efficient passers. While he piles up big numbers against a schedule composed mostly of week teams, he has still performed admirably in the last two season openers against Va Tech and Oregon (a 134 QB rating in each). Unfortunately, he lost his top two receivers from last year and may take a while to become familiar with his new main targets. Luckily, RB Doug Martin and his 6.3 YPC returns for his senior season.
Aaron Murray, Georgia's sophomore QB, may not be a household name yet, but many think he soon will be. KC Joyner, "The Football Scientist," has gone so far as to say that Murray is already Kellen Moore's equal in terms of ability. Some have even tabbed him as a potential dark horse in the Heisman race. He's joined in the backfield by Isaiah Crowell, considered the country's top freshman running back.
We expect this to be a high-scoring game, and the OVR 51 points is also a good bet here. Ultimately, we're predicting a close game in which the Bulldogs have a good chance at coming out on top. If they get off to a quick start, the crowd could easily prove to be a deciding factor. Boise State is ranked No. 5 in the nation, but that is mostly due to past performance. Their defense isn't what it has been in years past, and neither is their offense.
The Pick: Georgia +4 over Boise State