Washington State vs. Boise State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Washington State vs. Boise State fearless prediction and game preview.
Washington State (1-0) vs. Boise State (1-0) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 7th
Game Time: 10:30 pm ET
Venue: Martin Stadium, Pullman, WA
It’s not the sexiest game on the same day as Oklahoma vs. Ohio State, Stanford vs. USC and Auburn vs. Clemson, but in the world of New Year’s Six bowl games and the potential for the Pac-12 race to be amazing, this could be almost as strong.
Boise State hung on for dear life against Washington State last year in a 31-28 win, but it didn’t do enough to capitalize on the win with a few Mountain West losses to ruin any dreams of getting the NY6 game.
This year, though, if Boise State is good enough to beat the Cougars in Pullman, it really might be good enough to be the Group of Five representative on the big bowl stage.
Washington State came into the season looking strong, and nothing about the blasting of Montana State toped up the season changed that.
Yes, finally, after losing to FCS teams to open up the last two seasons, the Cougars exorcised the demons last Saturday night.
If they can play like that again – with an almost-perfect performance on both sides of the ball – then throw Wazzu on the pile of other good-looking Pac-12 North teams as a player in the race.
One Reason Why Boise State Will Win
If the secondary plays like it did against Troy, the Broncos will be in good shape.
Helped by a great day by Curtis Weaver and the pass rush, the Broncos were able to bother Troy QB Brandon Silvers all game long, forcing him to dink and dunk a bit too often with almost nothing happening down the field.
Going to the short-to-midrange passing game isn’t a problem for Washington State, but the Broncos can hit after that happens. Against the high-powered Trojans, Boise State swarmed all over RB Jordan Chunn and the ground game, and didn’t let anything move.
The Trojans struggled to convert on third downs, turned the ball over three times, and came up with 215 yards.
Boise State has to pitch another defensive gem this week, because …
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
The Bronco offense didn’t exactly rock.
QB Brett Rypien was okay, Kansas transfer Montell Cozart was solid when he stepped in, and the O did what it could. but it couldn’t run the ball as the line couldn’t keep the Trojans out of the backfield.
Boise State, welcome to Hercules Mata’afa.
As great as the Washington State offense is, the key to the season is a defense that was strong last year, but has to hold up against all the high-powered Pac-12 offenses. Against Boise State, Mata’afa and the line have to keep bothering Rypien and need to get to RB Alexander Mattison before he can get started.
Oh yeah, and Wazzu has a decent offense, too.
What’s Going To Happen
Luke Falk isn’t going to hit 33-of-39 passes like he did last week, but James Williams – coming off a 13-catch, 163-yard, two touchdown performance – should have another good game.
This might not be a shootout, and there might be a few too many misfires on both sides, but unlike last year, Washington State will take advantage of its chances in a solid enough performance to get by.
Don’t expect the Cougars to look all that pretty, but they’ll be effective against the excellent Bronco D.
Washington State vs. Boise State Prediction
Washington State 30, Boise State 23
Washington State -9 o/u: 59
5: 4th Quarter Josh Rosen – 1: 1st Quarter UCLA fans … 2
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