MAACO Bowl number three rolls around for the Boise State Broncos who have fared well in the past two visits. This year’s challenger to Boise State is the Washington Huskies. For the first time in ten years, the MAACO will be a day game with a kick-off at 1:30 p.m.
The Broncos were at the top of MAACO Bowl executive director Dan Hanneke’s list because he knew Bronco Nation would manifest their colors and spirit at the game.
Apart from ticket sales, Hanneke understands a great match up when he sees one.
“(Boise State) is a quality, quality program and has such a great name recognition. Hanneke said. “When it came down to the final decision that Sunday, Boise was always at the top of our list. We couldn’t be more happy, to have the matchup we do with Boise State facing Washington.”
Coming in with an overall record of 10-2, Boise State could prove NIU was a less desirable choice for the Orange Bowl by bringing Blue to Sin City.
Though the Huskies have an overall record of 7-5, this team has history in the MAACO bowl and will not let the strong defense of the Broncos hold them back.
Huskies sophomore Austin Seferian-Jenkins is a key powerhouse to their offense. The 6’6’’ 266 lbs. tight end has caught 63 passes for 791 yards, six touchdowns and an average of 12.6 yards per catch.
The Bronco defense needs to be aware of Seferian-Jenkins or he will find his way to the in zone in a hurry.
The Huskies also bring sophomore Kasen Williams to the table. This wide receiver is backed by a pass record of 71 passes for 783 yards and six touchdowns on the season. The Broncos must understand the athleticism of Williams or he too will add to his yards.
The Bronco defense is well aware of the offensive threats, there should not be a doubt in the Husky defense the Boise State will show up locked and loaded.
He is no Kellen Moore, but redshirt junior Joe Southwick is prepared to fire his cannon to his go-to guys. Sophomore Matt Miller has been a widely revisited wide receiver marking 60 catches for 679 yards. Miller has been off-and-on all season, but the Bronco Nation wants to see some Miller time at this bowl game.
The two secret weapons Boise state has to offer may explode into action on the Dec. 22. Senior receiver Chris Potter and true freshman receiver Shane Williams-Rhodes both are capable of packing a tricky punch and moving the ball downfield. Doug Martin would be so proud.
Bronco fans will be occupied with the MAACO Bowl by day and a Boise State basketball game by night.
The bowl will be shown on ESPN and Watch ESPN at 12:30 p.m. (PST) on Saturday.