Week 1: Huskies vs Broncos Odds
College football betting sees the Washington Huskies taking on the Boise State Broncos Friday September 4th at Albertsons Stadium in Boise. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all NCAA football season long so stay tuned for more FREE college football predictions.
Washington (0-0, 0-0 Pac-12) vs. #23 Boise State (0-0, 0-0 Mountain West)
Date: Friday, September 4th
Time: 10:15 PM
Venue: Albertsons Stadium – Boise, Idaho
NCAA Football Spread: Boise State -12.5
NCAA Betting Total: 55.0
NCAA Moneyline Odds: Boise State -110
There are plenty of story lines in this one when the Washington Huskies’ Chris Peterson returns to Boise State for the first time since joining Washington.
Not only that, but both squads are looking for their next starting quarterback.
Also waiting for Peterson and crew in Boise is the notorious blue turf as well an impressive 12-game home win streak. With one team being touted as a potential undefeated team and the other trying to find its identity, this game is going to be an all out brawl.
The Broncos team is loaded and the young Huskies are hungry for action and to solidify their starting roles.
This is one of FIVE Friday night games for the Broncos and one of the very few times a Pac-12 school has visited a Mountain West school – a move many believe is not wise.
While the obvious local and national headlines will be pointed at Peterson’s return to Boise, there is a much larger battle brewing in Montlake.
The Huskies lost their starting QB from last season, who retired due to injury, and are currently deciding between FOUR guys vying for the role. Many believe freshman Jake Browning will get the nod, but nothing is set in stone until Peterson announces it on game day.
Also an under-mentioned story line is the fact that the Huskies are only returning nine starters this season. Most skill positions are up for grabs and the jobs for starting offensive and defensive linemen have been fierce.
This Washington team will be young this season and ready to show Coach Peterson in his second season that they can adapt to his new style of play.
One understated aspect not being mentioned in the Peterson Return saga is the fact that Peterson mentored Harsin while he served as Peterson’s Offensive Coordinator. It would be remiss of him not to take advantage of that sole fact.
The 12 game home win streak by these Broncos is impressive. Even more impressive is that multiple outlets are picking them to run the table and make a run at a top bowl game. These expectations are heavy, but with 17 returning starters, they are not improbable.
Sophomore Ryan Finley is taking over at signal caller from last year’s starter Grant Hedrick. While everyone is ready to put their trust in Finley, there could be reason to worry at running back, where the departed Jay Ajayi will be replaced by a committee of three backs.
This could very easily turn out favorably for the Broncos, but it could also be what hurts them.
This game against the Huskies will be a good measuring stick at how these position groups will hold up this season.
NCAA Football Handicapping Trends
Washington is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Washington is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Washington is 3-0 ATS in its last three meetings with Boise State
Boise State is 9-0 SU in its last nine games
Week 1 NCAA Football Prediction
While this could easily be a blowout in favor of the Broncos, this has the makings to be a very physical and intense game.
4* Free NCAA Betting Pick: Washington +12.5
They may not have much of a chance to win the game, but they will definitely keep it close in hopes of getting Coach Peterson a career win.
Week 1 Score Prediction: Washington 20 – Boise State 28
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