Washington football has earned their second berth in the Las Vegas Bowl in the Chris Petersen era… and they’ll face a familiar foe
Washington football is going bowling! While the Las Vegas Bowl isn’t exactly what fans had in mind when the season started, this game will be a nice way to send Chris Petersen off into the sunset. The Huskies will be meeting the 19th ranked Boise State Broncos, and it’s a pretty overlooked storyline, but Chris Petersen actually used to coach at Boise State! Crazy right? I’m not sure why more people haven’t mentioned it…
Petersen went 92-10 in his tenure at Boise State, and is there any better matchup for what could possibly be the last game he ever coaches than the two teams he built?
The Huskies have already announced that Jacob Eason will play in the “Petersen Bowl” (which could be a positive sign that he’s coming back to school for 2020), and that Hunter Bryant and Trey Adams will not. Not surprising for both players who are heading into the NFL Draft, and both of whom have an injury history.
This could end up being a trend, as the Huskies will have more draft-eligible juniors, including Salvon Ahmed, Keith Taylor, and Elijah Molden. Only time will tell if they declare, but if they do, don’t be surprised to see them bow out of the bowl game as well so they don’t risk injury.
Another positive for the Huskies is that Puka Nacua could possibly play after suffering a foot injury at practice about a month ago. Nacua came on very strong after the Arizona game, and proved that he’s going to be an incredible playmaker for the Huskies over the next few seasons, no matter who’s playing quarterback.
One thing that we could possibly see the Huskies do is give their young players a lot of snaps to see what they have going into next season. It doesn’t hurt to throw Marquis Spiker and Austin Osborne out there for a ton of snaps to show the coaching staff what they can do. Or defensively, maybe let Daniel Heimuli and Alphonzo Tupatala get a few snaps to show the coaches how far they’ve come in their time on campus, and that they’ll be ready to compete for a starting spot in the spring and summer of 2020.
There’s a lot of talent on this team to be excited about in the future, and this is a very good, well-coached Boise State team that will test whoever the Huskies decide to put on the field, so why not let the young talent show that they can compete?