Turncoat or not, head coach Chris Petersen hopes that his return to Boise State doesn’t take over the play on the field.
Petersen coached Boise State for eight years. During that period the Broncos were a stellar 92-12 with four top-10 finishes. His tenure included undefeated campaigns capped by Fiesta Bowl wins in 2006 and 2009. Then came his sudden departure to take over the Huskies’ job vacated by Steve Sarkisian’s departure to USC in December 2013.
There are Broncos who remember.
“When we first found out that he was leaving, it kind of blew everyone’s mind,” Broncos senior center Marcus Henry said. “It was almost like somebody died, I guess – quiet, somber. It’s a different kind of feeling.”
Now let’s get to the game.
A Closer Look At The Washington Huskies Vs #23 Boise State Broncos Odds, Final Score Prediction & How To Watch
Washington Huskies vs #23 Boise State Broncos
Date: Friday, September 4, 2015
Start Time: 10:15 PM ET
Location: Boise, ID
Stadium: Bronco Stadium
Odds: Broncos -10.5
Game Total: 56.5
Radio: Washington vs Boise State
TV Info: ESPN
Stream: Watch ESPN
Is Backing Washington To Cover The 10.5-point Spread Vs #23 Boise State A Smart Bet?
Washington’s offense could be explosive this season. The Huskies return a dynamite running back in Dwayne Washington. The 6’ 2”, 221 pounds junior rushed for 697 yards and 5.3 yards per carry average in half a season during his sophomore year. Washington has 2 really good receivers in Jaydon Mickens and Dante Pettis.
But, the offense won’t get anywhere if Coach Chris Petersen doesn’t find a starting quarterback. As of this writing, Petersen hasn’t set a timetable for when he’ll announce who the starting QB will be. Jeff Lindquist is the most experienced signal-caller. In practice, Jake Browning and K.J. Carta-Samuels have both taken as many snaps as Lindquist. Whoever the QB is, he’ll be playing behind an offensive line that only returns left-guard Dexter Charles. The Huskies do have quite a few players along the offensive line with experience.
That experience will have to come into play versus an extremely talented Boise State defense. If the line can’t open up holes for Washington or give the Huskies’ starting QB time to throw downfield to Mickens or Pettis, Washington could lose big in Week 1.
Is Backing 23rd-ranked Boise State To Cover The 10.5-point Spread Vs Washington A Smart Bet?
The Broncos’ defense, along with what Nick Saban has built at Alabama and what Art Briles has built at Baylor this season, will be dominant. There’s just no other way to describe the D at Boise State. Kamalei Correa had 12 sacks last season. Darian Thompson had 7 interceptions and a TD. Corner Dante Deyon had 6 picks and a TD. The defense returns all but 1 starter along the defensive line.
If there is any question about Boise State this season it will be on offense where they had to replace both their starting QB and starting RB. The good news for Boise State is that 3 starters will return along the offensive line including center Marcus Henry who could end up as a first round draft pick in next April’s NFL Draft.
Yes, bet on the Boise State Broncos to win and cover the spread against the Washington Huskies. My final score prediction is: Boise State 27, Washington 10
If Boise State is able to protect new QB Ryan Finley and open up holes for Jeremy McNichols, they should blow out Washington in this game. If they don’t they will still cover the spread.
Boise State has the potential to go undefeated this season. The defense is as talented as any in all of college football while the offense returns enough along the line to put up points. We’ll find out if the offense can cut the mustard against the Huskies.