Boise State to play Washington in MAACO Bowl; Utah State gets Toledo in Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; Northern Illinois to Orange

By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman

The Boise State football team will play Washington in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas on Dec. 22 — a preview of the 2013 season opener in Seattle.

The AP No. 20 Broncos (10-2, 7-1 Mountain West) and Huskies (7-5, 5-4 Pac-12) haven’t met since 2007, when the Broncos lost at Husky Stadium.

The game begins at 1:30 p.m. MST and airs on ESPN.

This will be the Broncos’ third straight trip to the MAACO Bowl. They beat Utah and Arizona State the past two seasons.

Washington has had an up-and-down season. The Huskies beat Stanford and Oregon State, two top-20 teams, and won four straight games late in the season. However, they also lost to rival Washington State in the regular-season finale Nov. 23 in Pullman.

The Huskies feature a familiar face on the sideline. Their defensive coordinator is Justin Wilcox, who was the Broncos’ coordinator from 2006 to 2009 — winning two Fiesta Bowls. Wilcox coached at Tennessee in 2010-11.

This will be Washington’s first appearance in Nevada, which was a factor in the team’s selection over Arizona (New Mexico Bowl) and Arizona State (Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl).

The Broncos and Huskies meet Aug. 31, 2013, for the re-opening of renovated Husky Stadium. They also will meet in 2015 in Boise.

Here are a few comments from Washington coach Steve Sarkisian, posted on the school website:

— "We are really excited to be headed to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. It's a great destination for not only our football team but for our fans and for Husky faithful to come support us. It's a tremendous bowl game, one that's got a great deal of history in our conference and people going to play it."

— “Boise State is a tremendous opponent, one that's been good for many, many years. We're excited about the opportunity to prepare for them and play against them."

— "I think it can become one of those classic rivalries that get set up. Everybody loves a good rematch, you know? Somebody's going to win and somebody's going to lose this first one. Then we are going to come back nine months later to see who can win the second one."

Here’s the statement from Boise State coach Chris Petersen released by the school:

“We are excited to return to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and face the University of Washington. Coach Sarkisian and his staff do an excellent job in preparing their team and we look forward to the challenge of playing a Pac-12 opponent for the second straight year.”

Boise State is one of 10 teams nationally to play in 10 or more consecutive bowl games. This will mark the 11th straight appearance. Boise State has a three-game winning streak in bowl games, and an 8-4 bowl record as an FBS member.

Ticket and fan information is available here.


AP No. 18 Utah State (10-2) will face Toledo (9-3) in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Dec. 15 at Bronco Stadium. Utah State won the WAC championship. The Aggies lost to Ohio in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl last year.

The game begins at 2:30 p.m. and airs on ESPN.


MAC champion Northern Illinois will play Florida State in the Orange Bowl. The Huskies jumped the Broncos in the final Bowl Championship Series standings to earn the automatic berth.

Northern Illinois is No. 15. Boise State is No. 19.

The Broncos did not even come close to cracking the top 16. Their score was .2513 — well behind No. 16 Nebraska (.3264). The Broncos also did not pass No. 17 UCLA or No. 18 Michigan.

The Broncos were 31st in the BCS computers. Northern Illinois was 19th.

Here are the full standings.

The other BCS matchups:

Rose — No. 6 Stanford vs. Wisconsin

Fiesta — No. 4 Oregon vs. No. 5 Kansas State

Sugar — No. 3 Florida vs. No. 21 Louisville

BCS National Championship Game — No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama


Boise State announced its team awards Sunday. Here are the winners:

Pat Fuller Memorial (Academic Achievement): TE Chandler Koch

Ultimate Rebar: LB Chris Santini

Iron Bronco: CB Jamar Taylor

Bronco Ambassador: Chris Potter

Offensive Scout Player of the Year: QB Nick Patti

Defensive Scout Player of the Year: LB Ben Weaver

Special Teams Scout Player of the Year: S Chanceller James

Hammer Award: LB Blake Renaud

Special Teams Player of the Year: S Dillon Lukehart

Outstanding Offensive Lineman: OT Charles Leno Jr.

Outstanding Defensive Lineman: DE Demarcus Lawrence

Most Valuable Offensive Player: RB D.J. Harper

Most Valuable Defensive Player: LB J.C. Percy

Denny Erickson Valor Award: DT Mike Atkinson

Bronco Excellence: LB Tommy Smith and WR Mitch Burroughs

Here is my blog post with all of today’s poll information.

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Φ Like it.

Really like it.

This sets up next season's opener, with a twist.


Me too razor !


Washington is a good opponent.

Good luck with Washington, but boy Oklahoma, Texas AM,

Georgia all got ripped....

In 2014, I gaurantee that the BCS will have a computer rating system that will favor the top 5 division....

Also, the lower 5, including the Big East, will share only 1-2 spots of the top 6 BCS Bowls....

And, the days of easy OOC for the little 5 sisters are gone if they want a top BCS 6 Bowls....

Oh man!

How about this scenario

Coach Pete takes the Arkansas job and leaves before the bowl game. Boise State hires Wilcox as head coach and he arrives to coach the bowl game. Washington then hire Coach K as their new DC and he leaves before the bowl game.

OK it's not going to happen......but still......

Φ Stop it.

You are starting to sound like ugly.

Good vote

Thought you nailed your final AP poll, especially the top 20. Hope you were as successful in the sports book and tables in Reno.

Thats what happens when... cant win your own weak azz conference, how many years running now?? And co chumps dont count....SDSU is the co chump...LOL!!!!!!

Now, lets get serious about the Vegas bowl baby!!!!!! Washington will, as expected, slap you donks and watch the azzs run...hope festus doesnt fall off!!!! LOL!!!!

Poor bcluck

Co-champ is better than finishing third in some weak azz conference......

(2 year bowl ban starting in 2013, mark it down)


only in your wettest dream!!


Gottsta make all you donks out in inbred land wonder about last season eh!!! Number 7 and no BCS bowl...whats up with that!!!

I will tell you...Boise is not seen as good enough...NIU, 12-1 gets the big prize...Boise forever in Vegas baby!!!

BDucks predictions always come true...I have called the Vegas bowl the last two seasons before the season started, called the no conference title finish and called no BCS bowl...easiest money I ever made...Thanks eddie from boise...yes you of jim rome fame...hi vine thanks for the

Hi BCS how bout a BCS bowl!!!

What, no National

What, no National Championship Game or even a BCS game for Bozo State. There must be a mistake...check the figures, poll the national sports writers, call the FBI...this is all a giant plot against the mighty Orange and Blew. How can everyone outside of Canyon and Ada Counties continue to ignore Riverside Tech...aka Urban University of Egos. Ask the State Board to investigate and get back to us...pronto! These decisions must not stand...Go Huskies!

This year Las Vegas

seems about right. With all of the big name AQ teams that had less than BCS worthy years (Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas, Ok St, TCU, USC, West Virginia), my fear was that this years Broncos would qualify for a BCS game and then get clobbered. This would only serve as fodder for the naysayers to equate this years team to the teams from the Kellen Moore era which was avoided year after year by the "big boys" in the post season.

It was the Broncos of 2008-2011 that desevered to be in a BCS bowl game against an AQ conference. But after Oregon (twice), Oregon St, Virginia Tech and Georgia all lost to BSU, the powers that be conveniently scheduled around the Broncos.

Viva Las Vegas!


Least i think UW will put up a better fight than ASU did last year. This will be a good bowl game to watch. NIU will get there arse kicked like UH did when they went to the sugar. The only non AQ that even comes close to putting up a good fight in a big bowl against a big team is BSU. I havent been proven wrong yet so I don't expect much from NIU.

BSU isnt the only one

Utah had a few great non-AQ teams, as did TCU.

If we wait long enough, you'll be correct!


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