Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC Tags: college football
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Fans were treated to two big-time games on college football's opening Saturday night. #5 Boise State once again last night showed that they are among college football's elite, traveling 3,000 miles and defeating #19th ranked Georgia in what was basically a road game. While Boise will take another shot at busting the BCS, the Dawg nation is in rough shape as Coach Mark Richt came into this season already feeling the heat...Meanwhile, in Dallas, #4 LSU lit up #3 Oregon. Nobody expected the Tigers to score 40. But as predicted here, the LSU defense was the difference, forcing 4 turnovers, leading to 20 of those points. Once again, LSU will be a contender on the national level...
Boise State 35, Georgia 21. If you are a Georgia fan today, you probably have a severe headache. As if the aftermath of the partying and screaming and yelling in the jam-packed, rowdy Georgia Dome wouldn't leave a person wrecked enough for the following day, Dawg fans now face the reality that this season will be played with many folks calling for Coach Mark Richt's dismissal. His win total - despite nice early career success in Athens - has dropped from 8 to 6 the last two seasons, and starting this year off with a loss in a nationally televised high-profile game is not what he needed at all.
BSU Kellen Moore will remain in the Heisman mix after throwing for 261 yards and 3 touchdowns. But mainly, as always, he led his team well. Boise State picked up 24 first downs in this game compared to 13 for Georgia and had the ball almost seven minutes longer than UGA. Moore's counterpart, Aaron Murray, played fairly well, throwing for 234 yards and 2 scores, and like Moore, had one INT.
On a side note, I am not a fan of the uniforms UGA wore for this game. They are a school with a tradition of having the nearly the exact same uniform every year. I know this was just for one game, but I am not a fan of the look that Georgia played in last night. Tough times in Athens are here, and South Carolina rolls into town in six days...
LSU 40, Oregon 27. Out in Dallas, LSU proved that starters out or not, they are going to be a challenger for the SEC and national championships. They were able to force Oregon into 4 turnovers, converting those turnovers into 20 points. I predicted that the athletes of the LSU defense would be the difference, and that did in fact turn out to be the case.
At halftime, this was still a game, as things stood at 16-13, LSU. But two third quarter touchdowns blew it open for the Tigers. Oregon scored with 13 seconds left to make it look closer than it really was.
LSU had just 98 yards through the air, but made up for it with 175 on the ground. The Ducks were just the opposite, with 240 through the air, and just 54 rushing.
It looks again like the SEC will have at least one true national title contender. Though it is too early to tell, the Tigers look pretty dang good. But having said that, their schedule is still tough, even with this test passed. A trip to Morgantown will be tricky, and of course, eight SEC games...
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