The Boise State Broncos beat the Georgia Bulldogs like a red-jerseyed stepchild. I was completely off in all of my predictions.
Was Boise State a better team that I anticipated? In a word, yes. Was Georgia worse than I anticipated? In a word, absolutely!
I expected that the 'Dawgs’ sloppy penalties, soft zone defense and poor play-calling to be much improved in 2011. Based on the first game of the season, none of these errors have been corrected.
Boise State on the other hand adjusted to Georgia’s strengths (namely athleticism) and removed deep threats on offense in favor of shorter passing routes. Because of this, they picked the Bulldogs apart on offense. Defensively, Georgia’s play-calling made the job easier for the Broncos as Georgia threw bombs on first down plays and ran on third-and-long entirely too often.
I will make no excuses for what happened to the 'Dawgs in the Georgia Dome on Saturday, and I congratulate the Boise State Broncos for an impressive victory over a thoroughly underprepared and out-coached team from the University of Georgia.
As a Georgia fan, the loss is certainly a concerning indicator of the state of the program, but the way the 'Dawgs lost is even more disheartening.
Boise State left every team in the country with a pretty clear blueprint of how to defeat the Bulldogs, and with the grunt work out of the way, the more athletic teams Georgia has remaining on its schedule could have field days.
I have no doubt that South Carolina, Mississippi State, Tennessee, Florida, Georgia Tech and Auburn are licking their lips at the idea of using short 12-yard passes across the middle to defeat the 'Dawgs while watching the offense self-destruct in the hands of poor play-calling and incompetent blocking.
I said a few weeks back that this might be the biggest game of head coach Mark Richt’s career. If he doesn’t turn things around, it might end up being one of his last.
He had months to prepare for this game and he and his staff failed to do so; I hope they can turn things around, but I’m not optimistic.
Impressive win for Boise State. Depressing performance by the Bulldogs.