Finally, kickoff is about here. Here are three things to keep an eye on tonight:
Three things to watch in the opener:
1. Boise’s big receivers vs. Washington’s small corners. The Broncos’ No. 1 receiver, Matt Miller, is 6 foot 3 and 222 pounds. Its other two wideouts are 6-foot-4, 220-pound redshirt senior Geraldo Boldejwin and 6-foot-3, 208-pound Kirby Moore. Washington’s top three corners shake out like this: Marcus Peters is 5-11, 193; Greg Ducre 5-10, 178 and Cleveland Wallace, 5-11, 171. During fall camp Kasen Williams -- 6-2 -- went over the top a handful of times on Ducre. Williams has freak leaping ability because of his track background, but it’s still notable. In the Las Vegas Bowl, Miller and Boldejwin combined for 11 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown.
2. What will Boise State do different against Bishop Sankey? Sankey’s 30 carries for a career-high 205 yards could be the least talked about 30 carries for 205 yards in history. With concerns about Keith Price and the drama around Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Sankey has quietly worked through fall camp in great shape. “If you just run into him, he’s not going down,” Boise State coach Chris Petersen said. “You have to tackle him and hang on for dear life.” Washington worked Sankey to the edge a lot in the Las Vegas Bowl after having him run between the tackles the majority of the season. It was a nice tactical move. We’ll see what the Broncos’ answer for that will be.
3. No tricks would be a treat. Boise State is famous for its trick play. The Broncos hit a double-pass for a 34-yard touchdown in the second quarter of the Las Vegas Bowl. They set it up by using the same play earlier in the game, but running it as a bubble screen. It was enough to suck in safety Justin Glenn, who was beat over the top. Here’s that play:
Here’s the explanation from defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox on how Washington handled trick plays in the Las Vegas Bowl, and what’s important during them:
“Got the double pass on us,” Wilcox said. “We had some eye violations. A guy had bad eyes on one. The throwbacks one we played OK. On gadget plays, a lot of it has to do with your eye discipline.
“Everybody’s got a key to look at during a play. They’ll shift motion to create people, create issues for where your eyes need to be. You’ve got to be really good. It’s the seventh play of the drive and it’s a hurry-up and you’ve got to be on point. When your eyes are bad, that’s when usually the gadget plays can get you.”