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UW Huskies vs. Boise St. Broncos prediction & MAACO Bowl preview

Gonna be a tough one

It’s that time of year again Huskies fans, the Bowl season is upon us, and our Dawgs are heading to Vegas to take on the Broncos of Boise St. at the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl.

Matchup: Washington vs. Boise St.
Date: 12-22-12
Venue: Sam Boyd Stadium
Time: 12:30 (local) airing on ESPN
Weather: High 56. Low 38
Team Records: UW 7-5. Boise St. 10-2
Standings: Huskies 4th Pac-12 North. Broncos 1st Mountain West

The Huskies had a chance to come into this game ranked in the top 25, but found a way to blow that in Pullman in their last game.

Boise St. comes in ranked #20, but at 10-2, even in a weak conference, that sounds a lot better than the Huskies 7-5.

Game notes/How they match up

If you really want to see how these two match up, see the Seahawks vs. Cardinals game two weeks ago.

The Huskies have shown signs of greatness this year, wins against top 10 Stanford and Oregon State, but have shown signs of utter disgust, losses to LSU, Washington State, and Oregon.

Leading rusher Bishop Sankey has carried this team all year long, just has DJ Harper has for the Broncos.

The biggest indifference I think between these two sides is the Broncos defense. Ranked top 10 in the country, the Huskies are going to have to be on their better than best game to penetrate it.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins UW

Price will look to ASJ a ton on Saturday (Photo: Drew Mckenzie)

What to watch: UW

Biggest question is which Keith Price are we going to see, the one from the first half of the season, or the one from the last 4 games.

The Dawgs have some seriously dangerous offensive weapons in Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Kasen Williams, and of course Bishop Sankey.

If Price can show what he showed us the final portion of the season, the Huskies have a chance to keep up offensively with the Broncos.

But that is a big if.

And of course there is the question of the defense. Boise St. is no Wazzu, and we couldn’t keep them out of the end zone. Could be a long day.

What to watch: Boise St.

Following in a decade long line of excellent QB’s, Joe Southwick could have a field day with the Huskies.

But the bigger question is, will Chris Petersen continue to run up the score if the game is out of hand to try and impress the courting major conferences that will be looking to add them in the future.

I think that is what this game boils down to for the Broncos, they have been shafted for so many years, and then they finally have their chance at a major conference, only for it to basically go belly up right under their eyes.

Prediction

This game has all the makings for a blowout, even though I’m hoping for something a lot different.

Even in last years bowl game against Baylor, when the offense showed up, the defense let us down, sound familiar? (Apple Cup).

The Huskies are on the right track at getting back to prominence in the NCAA world. Having been in the top 25 twice this year proves just that.

But our time hasn’t come yet, and I just don’t think Saturday will be our lucky day.

Even with Boise St. only at +6, I think the Huskies don’t stand a chance whatsoever.

Huskies 23 – Broncos 45

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