When the No. 19 ranked Boise State Broncos head to Seattle to play the Washington Huskies in one of the best matchups of Week 1, the excitement surrounding the marquee meeting will be through the roof.
The college football regular season is one of the most exhilarating times of the year, and with two very talented teams ready to square off on the new FOX Sports 1 channel, this is must watch TV.
When: Saturday, August 31 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Husky Stadium in Seattle, Wash.
Watch: FOX Sports 1
Live Stream: FOX Sports Live
Radio: Free Football Radio
Betting Line (via Bovada)
While the Huskies are favored in this game, do not bet against Boise State this season. With an impressive offensive unit and an improved defense, expect the total score to go over 52.5 points, and expect the Broncos to beat Washington by more than 3.5 points.
Injury Report (via USA Today)
Tutulupeatau Mataele, DE, Questionable (academics)
Kyle Sosnowski, TE, Out indefinitely (knee)
Chanceller James, S, Out for season (knee)
Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Out indefinitely (finger)
The Broncos are currently it in 19th in both the AP and the USA Today polls, and the matchup with Washington is a huge meeting for both. If Boise State beats Washington and takes advantage of the team’s easy schedule, there is a chance the program could go undefeated. The Huskies could make their own impact by beating the Broncos Saturday, and the team would position itself for a possible jump into the top 25 with a big win.
Broncos Player to Watch: Joe Southwick, QB
There is no player on the Broncos that is as important to a victory Saturday than senior quarterback Joe Southwick. With just one season of eligibility left, expect the Boise State star to shine his brightest in 2013.
After throwing for 2,730 yards, 19 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in his first chance to be the team’s starter, Southwick looks to improve on the field as a player and off the as a leader.
With the program having a guiding force that the team can lean on in the midst of a game like Boise State did with Kellen Moore, there is a good chance the Broncos beat Washington and have a perfect season.
Huskies Player to Watch: Keith Price, QB
Washington has its own senior under center with Keith Price. The Huskies star had a lackluster 2012 campaign after having a breakout sophomore season that saw Price throw for over 3,000 yards and amass 33 touchdowns.
After only throwing 19 touchdowns and 13 interceptions last season, the main focus for Washington in 2013 will be how much more Price will be able to add to the team in the passing attack.
With a limited ability to add in the rushing attack, if Price hasn’t reverted back to the star he was in his sophomore season, there is little doubt that Boise State will win on Saturday, and the Huskies will be an afterthought in the Pac 12.
Prediction: Boise State 45, Washington 24
Losing a star running back like D.J. Harper will hurt the Broncos this season, but with the emergence of sophomore Jay Ajayi as a college star, Washington will face one of the toughest matchups of the year. Unfortunately for the Huskies, they will walk out of Week 1 with a loss.