For the third straight season, following a 10-2 campaign capped off with a share of the Mountain West Title, Boise State is once again headed for the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22. The Broncos will face off against the University of Washington Huskies, who are coming off a 7-5 season that included wins over Rose Bowl bound No. 6 ranked Stanford and No. 13 ranked.
The Broncos will look to cap off the season with a third consecutive Maaco Bowl victory over a Washington squad that has seen the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows in their 2012 season.
“We have a tremendous amount of respect for Washington,” said Head Coach Chris Petersen. “We have got a really good opponent.”
The Broncos are in a unique situation with this matchup as they will open up the 2013 season at the University of Washington, and therefore play the Huskies in back-to-back contests.
“It’s a little awkward,” said Petersen. “But it is what it is.”
Washington’s season hasn’t gone as planned, following a win over then-No. 9 ranked Stanford and being in the Pac-12 title mix, the Huskies went on a roller coaster for the remainder of the season, leading up to an embarrassing 31-28 loss at the hands of their bitter rivals
Redshirt junior quarterback Joe Southwick has improved week in and week out and realizes the Broncos have a chance to end the season with a statement to lead into 2013.
“We’re excited to face a quality Pac-12 opponent”, said Southwick. “It’s going to be a good game to end the year on.”
Southwick will be going up against the Broncos former defensive coordinator, Justin Wilcox, now the defensive coordinator at Washington, and he will have some type of familiarity with the scheme as he ran the scout team against the defense last year.
In one last opportunity to shine, the Boise State defense will be the talk of the town as it has been all season.
“It will be another good challenge for us”, said freshman defensive end Samuel Ukwuachu, “It is definitely going to be a war.”
A bowl victory at Las Vegas would move the Broncos to a 5-2 postseason record under