What happens when a Bronco and a Bulldog collide?
Boise State is set to kick off their 2011 College Football season tonight when they travel 'down south' to face Georgia. The No. 5 team in the country didn't do themselves any favors scheduling this as their first game. The No. 19 Bulldogs will look to play spoiler on a national stage and establish themselves as a legitimate contender this year.
If the stakes weren't already high enough, BSU will be without receiver Geraldo Boldewijn, safety Cedric Febis and defensive tackle Ricky Tjong-A-Tjoe tonight, pending a review of their NCAA eligibility.
Despite the distractions, the Broncos program is still built for success. Last season, the Broncos put together a record of 12-1. They had chances to remain unbeaten, and perhaps play for the national title, but were taken down late season by Nevada in overtime and were forced to ultimately settle for an invite to the Las Vegas Bowl where they faced off against Utah.
As for "the Dawgs," they aren't riding quite as high. Georgia cruised in their season opener last year but then dropped their next four. They did qualify for a bowl game by finishing the season 6-6, but were uninspired in a 10-6 loss to UCF in the Liberty Bowl. For Bulldog fans, they have to be hoping for something better, anything better, then what their team gave them last year.
While Boise State is the clear favorite, Georgia is not a team to be overlooked. The Broncos will certainly have their hands full as they look to start the season 1-0 at historic Sanford Stadium with its 92,746 capacity. If they are looking past the Bulldogs, they could get bit.
With kickoff in a few hours, it is time to start getting pumped up for Boise State vs. Georgia.
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