Las Vegas Bowl Preview
Washington (7-5) vs. Boise State (10-2)
December 22, 3:30 p.m. ET (ESPN)
What to expect from the Huskies: Washington limps into the postseason following an embarrassing 18-point fourth-quarter collapse to one of the worst teams in college football: Washington State. The Huskies have been inconsistent all season long and haven’t found the production they were expecting from QB Keith Price and the offense, albeit many line injuries.
Surprisingly enough, Washington’s defense has kept it in ballgames – which is a complete turnaround from 2011. If it can come up big like it did against Stanford and Oregon State, while providing Price with some good field position, UW can pull off the upset and post its highest win total since 2001.
What to expect from the Broncos: Like Washington, the Broncos’ strength is on defense: They allow just 14.9 points per game and 304.7 yards per game. That’s not good news for a Huskie offense that ranks 90th in the NCAA in scoring (23.8). The difference here is that Boise State owns a much better running game and has played a lot better offense in the latter half of the season.
Junior QB Joe Southwick hasn’t been Kellen Moore by any means, but his performance down the stretch – seven TDs, no INTs over last three games – has drastically improved the Broncos’ offensive success.
Synopsis: If both teams come out playing the way they’ve been playing the last few weeks of the regular season, then it could be a long day for Washington. The Huskies’ defense will allow the game to be close, but in the end, it’s going to come down to who can sustain efficient drives and refrain from turning the ball over.
First to 20 wins.
Boise State 24, Washington 20 --- via Bowl Predictions