Boise State head coach Chris Petersen was made available to Seattle media today via a conference call, our first chance to talk to him since the matchup was made with Washington in the Las Vegas Bowl.
There’s been a general thought that Boise State wasn’t quite as fired up about the idea of playing Washington twice in a row — with one game on a neutral site and the other on the road — than UW.
Petersen said today that the matchup is “a little awkward. But the bottom line is we are excited about this bowl game and we will deal with that (playing UW twice in a row) down the road. To finish the season and then the opener (against the same team), that’s a little different. But Washington is a great program and we have tremendous respect for them, so all those things are good.”
Asked what he sees in UW, Petersen called UW “one of the best teams we have played this year and obviously well-coached on all of their phases and we will have to play our best to beat these guys, there is no question about it. I think it is a good matchup in terms of what people want to see and our players and what they want.”
He was also asked if he has come up with any plans for handling Austin Seferian-Jenkins. He said “I don’t know because no one else has really handled him very well, either. That’s why he’s going to play in the NFL. And those guys don’t come along very often that can run like that and make those plays. It’s a really hard matchup. We just have to know where he is at all times and scratch and claw and compete hard. It doesn’t look like anyone has had any great answers on how to stop this guy.”
Also today, former UW QB Nick Montana has committed to Tulane.