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Washington quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey.
Saturday, Aug. 31: No. 19 Boise State at Washington
10 p.m. EST (Fox Sports 1)
An evening battle in the Pacific Northwest between two teams that will play a second consecutive game against each other.
It’s a rematch from last year’s Las Vegas Bowl, where Boise State kicked a game-winning field goal with 1:16 remaining to win 28-26.
The Huskies are seeking revenge and hoping to ruin the Broncos BCS hopes in their newly renovated stadium.
Husky senior quarterback Keith Price has a big opportunity to redeem himself after taking a step back last season, if he can pick apart Boise State’s defense. Price, of course, will need help up front, as well as 1,000-yard rusher Bishop Sankey to make plays out of the backfield.
For Boise State, the offense was not always its usual self last season. Not having Boise State All-time career passing leader Kellen Moore is more or less the reason why. They still managed to obliterate six opponents with quarterback Joe Southwick, but it was the defense that stepped up.
The Bronco defense ranked eighth nationally in points per game (15.8), fifth in passing yards per game (169.5) and 12th in total yards per game (315.6). Unfortunately, Boise State will be breaking in players at its linebacking corps, as well as at cornerback. On the other hand, Washington returns a majority of its defensive starters from last season.
This will be one of the most evenly matched games of the opening weekend with Washington having its best home-field advantage in years. This game will be close like last season, but this year the Huskies come out on top.
Prediction: Washington 26, Boise State 23