Sure, it’s Idaho State and no one is under the misguided notion that this game will be anything more than a makeshift bye week for the tired and tattered Georgia Bulldogs.
However, it’s become as much a habit as anything to do a “10 Things…” for every opponent that Georgia will face this season—no matter how insignificant they might seem.
That said, this will be a less in-depth analysis of their opponent as…well…there won’t be too many Georgia fans who give two cents about Idaho State—post-Florida.
So, let’s just get this out of the way…shall we?
1. They play in the Big Sky Conference.
The Big Sky is the I-AA conference that’s also home to Montana State. The same Montana State that beat the Colorado Buffaloes in their 2006 season opener. Idaho State lost to Montana State in overtime this past weekend.
The Big Sky is 0-5 against the SEC—as a conference.
2. Coach John Zamberlin has not done a very good job.
In 2009, John Zamberlin received a two-year contract extension. His overall record at Idaho State is 6-36—that includes a 1-7 record this season.
He is, currently, on the hot seat at Idaho State as he wore out his welcome long ago. One fan of the program even suggested that the Idaho State Athletic Association return the team’s new scoreboard since Zamberlin’s offense has failed to utilize it very much during his tenure—ouch.
3. Their defense is awful.
Ranked a disappointing 103rd in the nation, the Bengals are giving up a generous 411 yards per game (ypg) as the opposition is scoring better than 28.0 ppg against them this season.
4. Their offense isn’t that much better.
Currently, the Bengals are 113th in the nation in total offense—managing a shade under 231 ypg—and struggling to score 17 ppg.
5. Tavoy Moore is the most visible and productive part of their offense.
The junior running back accounts for 80 percent of the Bengals offense. He’s as all-purpose as they come. He’s at his best when returning kickoffs. He’s already accumulated 700+ kick return yards—scoring twice—placing him at 17th in the nation in that category.
6. They utilize a two-quarterback system.
Both Kyle Morris and Russell Hill have seen an almost equal amount of snaps this season—neither has been all that impressive. Combined, the two have as many interceptions (11) as they do touchdowns (8).
However, the senior, Hill has more mobility.
7. A.J. Storms is their best defensive player.
The linebacker already has 99 tackles on the year (good enough for 3rd in the nation) and, coming out of high school, was quick enough to play as a defensive back (he runs a 4.4 forty). He is currently one of only two players on the Idaho State roster with NFL potential.
8. They are horrific on third down.
The Bengals have converted 29 percent of their third down attempts (30/105). They are, surprisingly, better at converting on 4th downs (55 percent).
9. The game will be televised—locally.
The game is scheduled to air at 12:30 on WSB-TV Channel 2.
10. Chris Holmesly has been another defensive bright spot.
The 5’9″ defensive back has been all over the place for the Bengals this season and has an impressive stat line to show for his efforts. The feisty senior has 70 tackles, 2 tackles for loss, 3 pass breakups, 5 passes defensed, and 2 quarterback hurries.