|Fox Sports 1 College Football Week 1 Odds: Boise State vs. Washington|
|Written by Drew Sharper|
|Friday, 30 August 2013 15:00|
Boise State vs. Washington Odds
Boise State was 11-2 last season and 6-7 against the spread. Washington is coming off a 7-6 season in 2012 where it went 8-5 against the spread. Boise State picked up a 28-24 win over Washington last season, but that game was at Boise State.
Trends show that Boise State is 23-8 against the spread in its last 31 road games but just 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games on fieldturf. Washington has covered the spread in its last 5 home games.
According to oddsmakers from Bovada.lv, Washington is the favorite at home in this game, as the Huskies have odds of -3.5 points against Boise State. The over/under total for the game has been set at 52 points (View Matchup). The opening odds for this game had Washington favored by 4 points. The spread hit a peak of 4.5 points before falling back to Washington -3.5. The over/under total opened at 52.5 points. It hit a peak of 53 before falling back to 52.
Steve Sarkisian is in his fifth season with Washington and in need of a strong year after going 7-6 the last three seasons. This year’s team has plenty of experience, as it returns 20 starters from 2012. On offense, the team has 10 starters back, needing to just replace the right guard. Quarterback Keith Price threw for 2,726 yards and 19 touchdowns last season while running back Bishop Sankey rushed for 1,439 yards and 16 scores. Defensively, Washington has eight starters back. Leading the group will be defensive ends Josh Shirley and Andrew Hudson, who combined for 13 sacks in 2012.
Boise State has been a national power for close to a decade. The Broncos took a small step back last season by going 11-2, but this year’s team could run the table if the offense clicks. Boise averaged just 30.2 points last year, which was nearly 15 points per game less than 2011. This year’s offense will be led by senior quarterback Joe Southwick, who threw for 2,730 yards and 19 touchdowns a season ago. Southwick has five of his top six receivers back from last season, but will be working in a new running back and three new starters on the offensive line. The Broncos were pretty strong on defense in 2012, allowing just 15.8 points and 316 yards per game. The defense has just four starters back this year, but does return end Demarcus Lawrence, who had 9.5 sacks in 2012.
In terms of Injuries, Washington tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins is questionable with a hand injury while Boise State has no injuries listed.
The Public Bets for this game are currently backing Boise State, as the Broncos are getting 63% of the wagers with odds of +3.5 points at Washington.