By Brian Murphy
Boise State is scheduled to open its 2011 football schedule at Mississippi. But that could be subject to change, according to reports out of Mississippi and Georgia.
Earlier on Thursday, Mississippi AD Pete Boone tweeted: "Will have a big football schedule announcement today."
Several BYU bloggers have speculated that Ole Miss and BYU are working on a game to replace the Ole Miss-Boise State game, thus the big announcement. Mississippi is working with ESPN on the changes.
Further speculation began that Boise State and Georgia would meet in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Georgia-based writers spoke with the Bulldogs' new athletic director Greg McGarity and football coach Mark Richt to ask about potentially playing Boise State.
"I just can't comment at this time," McGarity told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
According to the paper, UGA coach Mark Richt said he couldn't comment on anything regarding a Georgia-Boise State game, even "hypothetically."
Seth Emerson, who covers Georgia for the Macon Telegraph among other papers in the state, reported that Richt said: "I'll tell you Monday."
Note: Georgia is scheduled to play Louisville to open the 2011 season. According to Emerson's story, Georgia has contacted Louisville about moving or canceling their series.
Boise State had no announcement of any kind of Thursday. Athletic director Gene Bleymaier does not discuss future football scheduling.
The announcement from Mississippi never materialized. Boone tweeted: "Sorry about the delay announcing football's future schedule. A lot of moving parts and ESPN has a few loose ends."
Georgia, of course, defeated Boise State 48-13 in the 2005 season opener in Athens, Ga.
Finally, if the Broncos are switching from Mississippi to Georgia for next year's season opener, they stand to make a lot more money. Boise State is to receive $900,000 from Mississippi next season. This year's participants in the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff — LSU and North Carolina — received $2.3 million each. Boise State got $1.25 million and Virginia Tech $2.25 million for playing the season opener in D.C. this year.
It sounds like there are some moving parts, as Boone put it, and we might not know anything until Monday, as Richt said, but I'm sure it will come up tomorrow at the Boise State-Fresno State game.
• What do you think? Do you want to see the Broncos play Georgia again or would you prefer to stick with Mississippi? Would you be as excited for this kind of season opener as you were for Virginia Tech?
• Boise State 2011 football schedule
Home: Tusla (Sept. 24), Nevada (Oct. 1), Air Force, San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico
Away: Mississippi (Sept. 3), Toledo (Sept. 17), Fresno State (Oct. 8), TCU, UNLV, Colorado State
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