Boise State is set to travel to Washington for their first game of the season. The Broncos are one of the best non-BCS conference schools and have become a fixture in postseason play each year. Finishing 11-2 last season was a solid year for a team with a new quarterback and running back as well.
On the other side of the field we have the Washington Huskies who finished with their third-straight 7-6 season under Steve Sarkisian. The fifth-year head coach took over an 0-12 team after the 2008 season and turned them into an average five-win squad. This team is returning 10 starters on offense and could be an even better team than they were last year.
It’s hard to say what the best part of the offense will be the offense or the defense next season since neither is returning many starters. However, with Joe Southwick returning at quarterback and powerful running back Jay Ajayi coming back as well, this team could be a legitimate power on offense. Southwick also has top target Matt Miller returning to the receiving corps. He could have a breakout season.
The Huskies return 10 players to the offensive side of the ball. Although the offense wasn’t exactly potent in 2012, returning the starter at basically every skill position will help out tremendously.
Boise State’s defense will have a tough time containing the veteran offense of the Huskies, but ranking in the top-15 in scoring defense and total yards allowed, they could be a force to be reckoned with. The Huskies also have a solid defense, but not nearly to the level of the Broncos. They return eight starters on that side of the ball and could improve from their 24.2 points and 357 total yards allowed per game.
Boise State will take to the road and head to Washington to play the Huskies at 10 p.m. EST on Saturday, Aug. 31. The game will be broadcasted on FOX Sports 1.
PREDICTION: Boise State 23, Washington 27