Dec 22, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Boise State Broncos receiver Geraldo Boldewijn (16) celebrates with tight end Chandler Koch (88) after scoring on a 16-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter against the Washington Huskies in the 2012 Maaco Bowl at Sam Body Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Washington Versus Boise State: Broncos Ranked 19th In AP Poll


Dec 22, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Kendyl Taylor (23) slips past Boise State Broncos defensive back Dextrell Simmons (6) in the third quarter of the Maaco Bowl at Sam Boyd Stadium. Boise State defeated Washington 28-26. Mandatory Credit: Josh Holmberg-USA TODAY Sports

College football season is just that much closer now that the official AP top-25 has been released this morning. It largely falls in line with the USA Today Coaches Poll released earlier this month, with most of the differences coming in the middle of the rankings. At the top and at the bottom, there is a great deal of agreement. In fact, the Boise State Broncos will carry a #19 ranking from both AP and the Coaches into the August 31st season opener at the new Husky Stadium.

Washington is unranked in both polls, though the team received votes in both polls. Only three votes from the coaches, but a more substantial 17 from the AP. Following this information, it’s logical to assume that BSU is favored to defeat Washington to open the season. In fact, it isn’t that simple. The pollsters consider Boise State to be a better football team, and given their continued success versus Washington’s late-season flop, that’s fair enough. But Washington will be playing at home in a brand new building. The home field advantage will be particularly strong, and the environment particularly hostile for the Broncos.

This has led some to favor the Huskies in this particular matchup, and if Coach Sark does triumph in the opener, I wouldn’t imagine the polls will shift drastically for either team. Boise State would fall, of course, but I don’t think they would fall that far for such an understandable loss. That being said, Boise does need this win due to the relative weakness of their schedule. A non-conference win over Washington would help their bowl profile even if Washington is outside of the top-25.

If Washington wins a close one, I’m not even sure they would move into the top-25 right away. They might need to win over Idaho State and Illinois in order to allow other teams to fall out and make room in the rankings. Though if the Huskies somehow light up the Broncos by thirty (very unlikely), the moves could be that much more drastic for both teams.

I apologize for the rampant speculation here, but this is a discussion of polls. Isn’t it all just speculation? I can’t wait until this season starts and, for better or for worse, we’ll have some real concrete information.

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  • Calibandawg

    I don’t think it is unlikely that the Huskies light up the Broncos. I think there are 17-19 very talented returning starters who still have a bad taste in their mouth from the Maaco Bowl. Huskies win 45-17.

    • Kevin Steed

      No way homie. Broncos win this game. They aren’t scared of playing big name teams on their turf and they’ve spanked much better in much more hostile environments. ie. Oregon, Va Tech, and Georgia. Plus Southwick looks clutch going into the season with a very tall very veteran recieving corps and a killer set of backs. Just sayin.

      • Calibandawg

        Not too many more hostile environments than Husky Stadium even with the track. It was a good bunch o broncs that whacked the quacks but they probably took them a bit by surprise–they’re a little high and mighty down there. I wouldn’t count on the Huskies’ missing field goals or the surprise factor. Bronco’s depth this year is questionable especially against the hurry up. Good luck with that.

        My turncoat sister’s going to be in the stands rootin’ for blue. Gonna a be a long lonely trip back to Boise though.

        Go Huskies!

    • http://www.facebook.com/sonny.shine.735 Sonny Shine

      I don’t believe the Broncos have lost by more than a touchdown for over 5 or 6 years, so a blowout is highly unlikely. The one thing that can be counted on is the Broncos playing hard and making great in game adjustments. I believe the Huskies will be an improved team. This being the first year of the Huskies up-tempo offense they might not be as clean with execution. The Broncos have ran the up-tempo for years although not solely for an entire game. I know it’s a cliche, but the team who makes the least amount of mistakes and controls the line should take the contest, so I’m leaning towards the Broncos. That being said I hope it’s a clean game with no serious injuries to either team.
      GO BRONCOS!!

  • Trav Kidd

    Being a Boise transplant in Seattle, I always get stares (and glares after watching last year’s Maaco loss to Boise) when watching BSU games here. Boise does have a bit of the upper-hand here, but I remember Washington’s tough running game that kept it a bit of a nail-biter last year. Irregardless of who wins, it will hopefully be a great game by two great teams.