Washington vs. Boise State
Betting Pick: Boise State -13 points (September 4th 2015)
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I look for a blow-out win here by the Broncos. Head coach Bryan Harsin faces Chris Peterson and the Huskies and Harsin will have his team fired up. Remember Harsin was the OC for Boise when Peterson was coach there. Now Peterson is at Washington and I think Harsin will have something to prove in this game. Also, the Broncos are displeased with Peterson as there has been talk about the violent history of one of their former players and Peterson has denied the claim.
Boise State returns 17 starters this season including an offensive line that returns intact. They add in a Stanford transfer at running back and the Broncos have never had a problem with running the ball. They will ‘own’ the line of scrimmage in this game vs. an inexperienced front 7 of the Huskies. The Broncos defensive line will also overmatch the Washington offensive line that lost all of their starters from last season. Boise State has 10 juniors/seniors starting on defense, returning 77% of their tacklers from last season. The defense improved 38 ypg last season and I look for continued improvement this season.
Washington lost 4 guys to the NFL draft. Losing Shaq Thompson is huge as this guy played at LB and RB. They lost 6 of their top 7 tacklers from last year and are extremely young on defense. Washington had 124 career starts returning on the offensive line in 2014. Now ALL of these starts are gone as the lone returner, Dexter Charles, is out for the season. Whoever gets the start at QB will be inexperienced and playing on the ‘Blue-turf’ will not do them any favors. Washington only returns 4 starters on defense. Overall, the Huskies only are returning 8 starters and have to break in a new QB and points will be hard to come by.
Being the 1st game of the season, Boise State is the much more talented and experienced team. They also have one of the biggest home advantages in college football playing on the ‘Blue-turf’. I look for them to run the score up in this one to gain ‘style’ points vs. a PAC 12 team and also playing against their former coach, Peterson, the Broncos will be playing with an added ‘chip’ on their shoulder. Look for Boise State to pull away in this one.
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