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Boise State at Georgia, part 2?

Boise State at Georgia, part 2?

by Zach Wolken
News Channel 7


Posted on November 22, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 5 at 5:34 AM

Rumors are swirling throughout the SEC country that Boise State will be visiting next season, but they aren't talking Ole Miss. 

A Georgia newspaper, the Athens Banner Herald and several blogs are reporting ESPN is brokering a University of Georgia versus Boise State game at the Georgia Dome to open the 2011 season.  Right now BSU is set to open the season at Ole Miss September 3rd. 

If ESPN is brokering another deal involving the Broncos it would be the second time in as many years they've done so.  The World Wide Leader put together the BSU-Virginia Tech Labor Day match-up to open the 2010 season.

When asked about the possibility of the UGA-BSU match-up a local source close to the situation told News Channel 7, "You're on the right track."

When we asked Boise State about the possibility of the match-up assistant athletic director Max Corbet said via email, "Sorry, nothing to comment on."

Mark Weiszer of the Athens Banner-Herald spoke with Georgia Athletic Director Greg McCarthy who said, "I just can't comment [on the BSU-Georgia game]."

Weiszer goes on to say he believes the game could be at the Georgia Dome and might be branded the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic.

In 2010 the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Classic feature LSU and North Carolina.  Each team was paid $2.3 million for playing in the game.  Right now Boise State is set to earn $900,000 for playing Ole Miss. 

"Hypothetically, no comment," was the answer UGA head football coach Mark Richt gave several news organizations following practice on Thursday in regards to the match-up. 

If Boise State is in fact going to take on Georgia to open the season, then Ole Miss will have to juggle their schedule and it looked like they were prepared to do something about it Thursday afternoon when Ole Miss athletic director Pete Boone tweeted, "Will have big football announcement today." 

Boone tweeted again around 1:40 MTN saying, "Sorry about the delay announcing football's future schedule.  A lot of moving parts and ESPN has a few loose ends."

The Birmingham Herald is reporting that ESPN appears to be the driving force behind this whole mess.   Saying those other loose ends or moving parts might mean finding new games for Ole Miss, BYU, and Louisville.

Boise State last played Georgia in 2005 and the Bulldogs beat the Broncos 48-13.  In that game BSU turned the ball over 6 times.  The game was also played in Athens, Georgia.