Football Odds provided by VietBet – Point spread: Broncos -3
The Boise State Broncos make their debut as the new kids on the block in the Mountain West this Saturday night in a huge non-conference showdown with the Georgia Bulldogs out of the SEC at the Georgia Dome. The game is slated to kick-off at 8 p.m. (ET) and it will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.
Boise State’s departure from the WAC now gives it a chance to dominate a new conference as a prohibitive 2/7 favorite to win the MWC in its first season. It is also opens the season as a prominent fixture in the BCS picture as the fifth-favorite to win a national title at 14/1.
The reason for such lofty expectations is that the Broncos return 14 starters from last season’s 12-1 squad including quarterback Kellen Moore and running back Doug Martin. Moore completed an amazing 71.3 percent of his passes last season for 3,506 yards and 33 touchdowns on his way to being named a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. Martin balanced things out in the running game with 1,113 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. These two were an integral part of why Boise State finished the 2010 season ranked second in the nation in scoring with an average of 45.1 points a game.
Georgia comes into this game with much higher expectations that its performance in 2010 would suggest. The Bulldogs finished a very mediocre 6-7 including an embarrassing 10-6 loss to Central Florida as a six-point favorite in the Liberty Bowl.
Their hopes to start this season on a strong note fall onto the arm of sophomore quarterback Aaron Murray. He threw for over 3000 yards as a redshirt freshman, aided by the presence of wide receiver A.J. Green. Green is now in the NFL, so look for Tacarres King and Rantavious Wooten to become Murray’s primary targets against the Broncos.
Boise State finished the 2010 season 9-4 against the spread. The total has stayed ‘under’ in seven of its last 10 games. Georgia was 5-8 ATS last season and the total went ‘over’ in eight of its last 10 games.
These two teams last played one another in 2005 with the Bulldogs coasting to a 48-13 victory as a 7.5-point home favorite. That was a long time ago as Moore and the Broncos have the upper hand this time around and take full advantage of the opportunity to earn a crucial win in their quest for a national title.
The Pick: Boise State 28 Georgia 21
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