Washington reopens Husky Stadium tonight as it welcomes No. 19 Boise State to the renovated facility. This evening's season opening clash between the Huskies and Broncos is scheduled to kickoff at 10:00pm ET on the new Fox Sports 1. Week 1 College Football Picks have unranked Washington listed as a -4 against the spread and -185 money line favorite ($185 wins $100); the Over/Under is set at 53 points. The Broncos are drawing a +160 money line in tonight's season opener.
Boise State earned its fourth consecutive bowl win last season when it knocked off Washington 28-26 in the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl. As the score would indicate, the game was tightly contested with the Broncos posting 21 first downs and 407 yards to the Huskies 20 and 447, respectively.
The biggest difference in the postseason meeting was Washington's lack of ball security. The Huskies had three turnovers as the usually reliable Keith Price tossed two interceptions. Washington's inability to hang on to the rock neutralized a rushing attack that churned out 205 yards on 38 carries.
So, despite the positive result for Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl, Chris Petersen's troops finds themselves an underdog in tonight's game. The Broncos did lose 12 starters from last year's team while the Huskies bring back 18, and Washington also returns to its home stadium after playing all of last year's games at CenturyLink Field.
Those factors, coupled with the back and forth nature of last year's bowl meeting, point toward a Washington victory, but Boise State is most definitely a live dog.
The Broncos were 6-0 in season openers under Petersen prior to last year's kickoff opposite the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing. Boise State still covered in that game (+7), though, despite being outgained by 255 yards in the 17-13 loss.
College Football Picks Betting Trend: The Over is 9-1 in Boise State's last 10 road games with a total between 51.5 and 54 points.
Boise State vs Washington Week 1 College Football Picks:
Boise State Broncos +4 (-110), Over 53 (-110), +160 (Moneyline)
Washington Huskies -4 (-110), Under 53 (-110), -185 (Moneyline)
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