The 2015 college football season opening weekend kicks off with Friday night action featuring the Washington Huskies of the PAC-12 traveling to Boise, ID and Albertson’s Stadium to take on the host Boise St. Broncos of the Mountain West Conference at 10:15 pm EST. The Huskies went 8-6 last season in their first season under former Boise St. head coach Chris Petersen, and concluded the campaign with a 30-22 loss to Oklahoma St. in the Cactus Bowl. Boise St. went 12-2 last season in their first season under head coach Bryan Harsin, and concluded the year with a 38-30 win over then-11th ranked Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl.
The Huskies return only 9 starters from a mediocre team a season ago, so their status as prohibitive underdogs on the road here is not shocking. They do return running back Dwayne Washington who averaged 5.5 YPC last season. Petersen is not tipping off who he plans to start under center even though he has made a decision, true freshman Jake Browning (national record 229 TD passes in high school), redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels (scout team MVP last season, and a former Boise State recruit) or junior Jeff Lindquist are all in the running and may all see action.
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Boise St. returns 17 starters from a very good team that defeated one of the PAC-12’s best teams in the Fiesta Bowl last season. They do have to replace their starting quarterback and running back from last season, but their defense should be a strength again this season.
Washington vs. Boise St. Spread, Line and Betting Odds:
Washington Huskies +11.5
@Boise St. Broncos -11.5
Over 55.5 (-110)
Under 55.5 (-110)
Betting odds taken from Bovada.lv
Washington vs. Boise St. Pick:
Washington is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Broncos are 19-9 ATS in their last 28 Friday games, and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games. The under is 5-2 in Washington’s last 7 road games, 4-0 in their last 4 games overall and 4-1 in their last 5 games against Mountain West teams. BSU won their last 5 games in row to close out last season, while Washington lost 3 of their last 5 games. Washington is 3-0 ATS in its last three meetings with Boise State.The over is 8-1 in BSU’s last 9 games.
Washington comes to take on the Broncos on their iconic blue field at Albertsons Stadium in what will be Petersen’s first trip back since he left to coach the Huskies. They are playing a rare road game for a PAC-12 team in Boise, and do not have a great deal of success or momentum from the end of last season to build on in this game. Boise St. does have to replace a couple of key players, but they will be playing in front of the home crowd, and will be motivated to show their former head coach that they are the better team. Washington is apparently still deciding between three quarterbacks, and if you have that many quarterbacks in the running it is probably a sign that none of them are standouts at this point. The scales are tilted heavily in Boise State’s favor in this one, the call here has to be to take the Broncos and lay the points.