College football teams schedule their non-conference games with one of two goals in mind: to pick up an easy win or build their strength of schedule. By scheduling Boise State as one of their non-conference opponents, Georgia was hoping to give themselves an opponent that would demand national attention but was also beatable. According to Bulldogs head coach Mark Richt, that was before Georgia knew Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was sticking around.
On Friday, Deadspin passed along an interview between Richt and WCNN in Atlanta from Sports Radio Interviews. Here is what the Georgia coach had to say when asked about scheduling the Broncos.
“[The athletic director] came to me with that and he was like, ‘Well, that quarterback’s a senior and he’s leaving.’ I really didn’t look at it. I knew that he had been there a long enough time that he was probably on the way out. After we signed on the dotted line, then I went and looked at the depth chart and realized he was still there. Then I was hoping he would turn pro early and he didn’t do that.”
Richt has every right to be concerned about Moore, who has been an absolute monster over the past couple seasons. He has thrived in the Broncos’ system to the tune of 39 touchdowns and three interceptions in 2009 and 35 touchdowns and six interceptions last season. Joining the Mountain West and not wearing blue uniforms at home could hurt his production a little, but Moore is as legit a college signal-caller as they come. Next time the Bulldogs will do their homework.