Boise State heads to Pullman to take on Washington State for the fifth time in school history Saturday Sept. 9. It will be another late kickoff time for the Broncos, as the game starts at 8:30 p.m. MNT. The game will be broadcast on ESPN.
Washington State won the first four meetings with their most recent victory in 2001 when they beat Boise State 41-20. Boise State won the matchup last year 31-28.
Both teams come into this game 1-0 after winning their week one games. Boise State defeated Troy 24-13, and Washington State defeated Montana State 31-0.
This is the first time Boise State has played a ranked team since the 2014 Fiesta Bowl when Boise State defeated Arizona. Washington State comes into this game ranked 20th, led by senior quarterback Luke Faulk.
Boise State Head Coach Bryan Harsin gave high praise to Faulk, “He’s a great player, had a chance to go out to NFL last year and stayed.”
One Boise State player with connections to Washington State is starting quarterback Brett Rypien, whose uncle, Mark Rypien, played QB at Washington State and later went on to become Super Bowl MVP while playing for the Washington Redskins. Brett Rypien considered going to Washington State before committing to Boise State.
The Broncos will continue to run a two quarterback system using redshirt senior Montell Cozart, and despite some fans calling for Cozart to start, Harsin said there is no QB controversy for now. Cozart did impress in his first game, however, completing six of his nine passes, and throwing for a touchdown.
“I watch the quarterbacks and the only people that matter are the ones in this building that actually watch the film, and I thought Brett played well,” Harsin said. “The one thing is, unless you want to go back and study the film, quarterbacks get way too much credit and way too much blame.”
If Boise State wins it will be the fourth year in a row they have beat a Pac-12 team. This will be a tough game for Boise State with many experts and analysts picking Washington State due to their experience. Boise State’s offense seemed to struggle against Troy last week, while Washington State’s defense is highly regarded.