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Washington Huskies Vs. Boise State Broncos Free Pick 8/31/13

Boise State Broncos (0-0) at Washington Huskies (0-0)

College Football: Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 10:00 pm (Husky Stadium)

Washington Huskies -4 --- Over/Under 47 See the Latest Odds


The #19 Boise State Broncos' pursuit of a perfect season could end as early as Week One when BSU visits the Washington Huskies.

Quickly we'll find out if the Broncos' ranking is inflated or deflated. With the eighth best defense last year Boise State's focus on offense was to not turn the football over. Typically Broncos teams have been all about racking up points.

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Washington Huskies Vs. Boise State Broncos Free Pick 8/31/13

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However, in 2012, the defensive line stepped up to the challenge on a weekly basis helping BSU nearly knock off Michigan State in Lansing. The Broncos fell 17-13. Boise State had some shaky road results, but didn't lose another away game and won three during the middle portion of the season by three plus touchdowns.

At the Las Vegas Bowl as well the Broncos staved off UW 28-26. Both teams combined for five penalties. The Huskies alone had three turnovers while BSU had one.

Washington had 40 more total yards and a 94-yard advantage on the ground. The Huskies were also just a tad better on third down. The Broncos though were 2-of-2 on fourth down while UW was 0-of-1. The Huskies'  now senior quarterback Keith Price was 20/39 passing for 242 yards, one TD and two interceptons.

If Price can't outperform senior QB Joe Southwick (26/38, 264 yards, two TDs and no INTs) then there isn't much of a chance Washington will be competitive, much less win. Southwick was Boise State's second leading rusher in the game behind now departed D.J. Harper's 72 yards. Junior RB Bishop Sankey was a beast for the Huskies exploding for 205 yards on 30 carries. Expect the Broncos defense to not let Sankey run rampant again.

Also UW was 2-4 versus ranked teams last year. Both Huskies victories came in Seattle. #25 Oregon State and #4 Stanford fell victim to the hostility in Washington, quite literally too. The Huskies triumphed 20-17 and 17-13 though so even if UW wins a cover isn't apparent.

The Huskies went down 24-14 to #24 USC and beat San Diego State 21-12 in their two other marquee home games. The Aztecs happened to shock BSU on the Blue Field 21-19. For anyone who read my Pacific-12 Conference college football previews I was not big on Washington and I won't be here either.

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