Washington Huskies -3.5 vs. Boise State Broncos
The Washington Huskies return home to Husky Stadium after spending a year playing its home games on the turf of Century Link Field – the home of the Seattle Seahawks. What better way to open the refurbished home than with a “revenge” night game against Boise State. The Broncos beat the Huskies in last year’s Las Vegas Bowl and with head coach Chris Petersen staying put for (at least) one more year in Boise, the Broncos should be tough again in 2013.
Washington is coming off a disappointing 7-6 season but returns the majority of its young talent from a year ago. The quarterback position was a source of scrutiny a year ago and signal caller Keith Price will have to play better for the Huskies to emerge with a win against Boise State. Luckily for him, running back Bishop Sankey will give the Broncos plenty to think about with his tough running style and should provide the threat needed to open up the secondary for Price.
Boise State will try once again to play the role of party crasher, this time the party will be the opening of Washington’s upgraded home. Coach Chris Petersen should never be counted out of a game especially after having an entire offseason to come up with a game plan. The Broncos return a solid, quarterback in Joe Southwick and a defense that held opponents to 14 or less points in 10 out of 13 games. Once again, the Broncos begin the season with their lone marquee game against a “big five” conference school. With a win, Boise could springboard towards a special season so expect them to bring everything it can to this game.
What will happen: Boise State will be walking into a buzz saw this Saturday night. These two teams are fairly evenly matched, but in a jacked up environment, the Huskies should be able to pull off a hard fought win. The intangibles for Washington: The first game at renovated Husky Stadium. At night. With revenge on its mind.
Key stat: Washington is 15-5 in their last 20 home openers.
Prediction: Washington 20 Boise State 10
The Play: Washington -3.5
2013 ATS Record: 0-0