The 2015 season is here and our staff predictions are back! Without further adieu here is what we see happening this week against the Huskies!
Derek – Season openers are always tough to predict – and Boise State certainly has not fared well in them the past few years. We have not opened at home since 2009 either, so maybe that will make a difference. This game will be filled with emotion, from the Washington’s coach homecoming to the excitement of the first game of the year. The crowd will be electric, and there is no doubt in my mind that both teams are going to be hyped up. The question is – will all the hype lead to great execution or first game jitters? After watching all the games last night, there sure seemed to be a lot of rust being knocked off, but my hope is that Boise State does not have that. I am going to go with a pure emotional prediction – no stats for me (sorry Tami!) – I think Boise State pulls this off with emotion alone (although I do think we have the better team). The defense will swarm, the crowd will be the loudest of all time, and the Broncos will prevail. Washington scores some garbage points late, Bronco O fires on all cylinders, and we even get a special teams TD. Boise State 42 Washington 20.
Heath – I have gone back and forth on this game. One side of me says we walk away easily in this one. I don’t see an inexperienced team walking on to The Blue against this motivated, this experienced, this potentially dominating defense and winning. But the other side of me says, not to overlook Petersen & staff returning to Boise. So ultimately, I am going to go with this is closer than people think. The two coaching staffs just know each other too well for it to not be right? Our defense is going to make plays, and I think we will have some big things happen on offense. I also think though that UW is going to have some “tricks” up their sleeves and I think they will catch us a few times. So with that, I am going to say Boise State wins 28-17.
Noel – There is a reason that the Broncos have been so successful since the early 2000s. It’s not all Chris Petersen but he has a good chunk of the credit. The thing is, part of some of Coach Pete’s success is due to the “new” guy, Coach Harsin. The first half will be a wonderful display of emotion and grit. The second half – a butt kicking. Broncos win 38-17.
Tami – This game is a pretty good match-up for week one, when we know nothing about any team, really. (Well, except Idaho. We knew enough about them to determine “terrible”, thankyouverymuch.) I like Noel’s optimism about the second half, but I’ll believe that the Broncos won’t falter in the third quarter when I see it consistently. The intensity tomorrow night should be off the charts both on the field and in the stands, and I’m also going to call this one close. Boise wins, 33-24.