Where: Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
When: Friday, September 4, 2015
7:15 p.m. Pacific Time
TV Schedule: ESPN, Mark Jones (play-by-play),
Rod Gilmore (color) and Quint Kessenich (sidelines)
Radio: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius (113) and XM (198)
The Huskies own this series, coming in with a dominating 2-1 record against the Broncos.The first meeting between the two schools was back in 2007 in what was considered the coming out party for red-shirt Freshman Jake Locker. It also happened to break the Bronco's 14 game winning streak. The Huskies lost a nail-biter in the 2012 Las Vegas Bowl but were able to avenge that loss in their next game, although there was an entire off-season between these games.
0 - The number of times I drove through Boise and stopped for something other than for gas, snack or a pee break.
1.6 - Boise's interceptions (by the defense) per game last season
2 - The total number of sacks last year from Bronco players lost to graduation after the season.
3.36 - Boise's average sacks per game last year.
45 - The remaining number of sacks last year from players still on the Boise State defense.
88 - The TD production percentage Broncos are going to have to replace from players leaving after last season.
57.4 - The completion percentage of opposing teams playing the Broncos last season.
1664 - The number of rushing yards the Bronco starting RB will need to replace from last year's starter, Mr. Ajayi
5874 - The number of time's I've watched the Blount Punch video on youtube.
Questions Needing Answers
Who is going to be the starting quarterback? Will the O-line be able to handle the Bronco pass rush? Can whichever quarterback(s) that plays avoid throwing interceptions? Which running back will have the most productive game? Which player is going to have the most explosive play? Can I please see a bubble screen pass with the requisite amount of zip it?
What will our front seven do? How long will it take before we hear Budda Baker's name? What is the sack total going to be? Can our D hold their offense to under 20 points? Which guy on the D-line is going to step up his game? How many picks will Gardenhire get by the end of the game?
Will Boise score enough points to be able to cover the spread, even with a shutout? Will there be any boos coming from the stands, in Coach Petersen's direction? How did Albertsons win the naming rights to the stadium formerly known as Bronco Stadium? Will Jonathan Smith be something other than a hiss and a byword at the end of this game?
Unfortunately for the Huskies, the Boise State has a lot more answers than the Huskies do. Their answers are good ones too. Coming into this game there are so many questions for the Dawgs, that I feel confident that I can simply label the entire team with a giant question mark, and that would be considered a satisfactory assessment.
On paper the Huskies just don't match up really favorably. Boise State's very experienced D-Line is going up against a Husky O-Line with almost zero game time experience. The same thing can be said for our D-Line and their O-line. Fortunately, our perceived strength, the secondary, is going up against a green quarterback. I'm hoping the D-Line can generate enough pressure to put Ryan Finley is some spots where his inexperience will lead to him making crappy decisions.
The rational part of my brain says pick Boise to win at home. The irrational part keeps telling me that we should win this one because we are going to be forced to play on a Blue field.
Courtesy of VegasInsider, the Huskies are 13 point underdogs this week. The line for the game is 55.5. I would take the under ... and I would probably take the huskies to cover the spread, since I have a hard time seeing either offense doing much this game.
Come on over to the game thread to have a little bit of jovial banter, to put it nicely, with fellow Dawg fans, and the occasional troll, you'll be happy you did, so long as every single play goes exactly right. Otherwise, feel free to jump in and add to the communal vitriol. I wager we'll see at least 482 calls for Jonathan Smith's job, 972.8675 f-bombs, and the over-under for spiteful Coach Pete comments at 87. It opens up a half hour or so before kickoff.