First look: Boise State
Game 1: No. 19 Boise State at Washington
When: 7 p.m. Saturday (gates open at 5 p.m.)
Where: New Husky Stadium (capacity: about 70,000)
TV: Fox Sports 1 (Comcast local channel 33; 219 DirecTV; 150 Dish; with Gus Johnson, analyst Charles Davis and sideline reporter Kristina Pink)
Last meeting: Boise State 28, UW 26 in 2012 MAACO Bowl Las Vegas
Coaches: Boise State’s Chris Petersen (84-8, eighth season); UW’s Steve Sarkisian (26-25, fifth season)
2012 records: Broncos 11-2; Huskies 7-6
Boise State key returners:
Senior QB Joe Southwick: 2012 stats: 248 of 371 for 2,730 yards, 19 TD, 7 INT
Sophomore RB Jay Ajayi: 82 carries, 548 yards, 4 TD
Junior WR Matt Miller: 66 catches for 769 yards, 5 TD
Senior WR Kirby Moore: 36 catches, 368, 1 TD
Junior S Jeremy Ioane: 70 tackles
Junior DE Demarcus Lawrence: 9.5 sacks
UW key returners:
Senior QB Keith Price: 2012 stats: 263 of 432 for 2,726 yards, 19 TD, 13 INT
Junior RB Bishop Sankey: 289 carries, 1,439 yards, 16 TD
Junior WR Kasen Williams: 77 catches, 878 yards, 6 TD
Junior TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins: 69 catches 850 yards, 7 TD
Junior LB John Timu: 91 tackles
Notes: Boise State returns 10 starters a 2012 team athat averaged 30.2 points per game, the lowest of Petersen’s tenure in Boise. “We have to score more points,” Petersen told the Idaho Statesman. … Southwick, after replacing Boise State great Kellen Moore, finished the 2012 season with nine touchdowns and no interceptions in his final four games. … The Broncos are again favored to win the Mountain West Conference.
Did you know? Boise State has not lost a game by more than four points since 2007 (39-27 loss at Hawaii).
Scheduling note today: Sarkisian and the Huskies will host their weekly press conference luncheon at noon today and then practice later in the afternoon.