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Gameday links: Huskies set to begin 2015 season at Boise State

FROM BOISE -- The Washington Huskies are going to play a football game tonight against another team.

The 2015 season opener is finally here, with UW facing the 23rd-ranked Boise State Broncos in a 7:15 p.m. PT start at Albertsons Stadium. You can watch on ESPN, and listen on KOMO 1000 AM (or 97.7 FM).

With that, we have a slew of links previewing the game, so here you go.

--- Let’s start with our game advance, taking a look at the mysterious nature of the Huskies’ team this season. An excerpt:

It’s true that Washington Huskies coach Chris Petersen might know the Boise State Broncos better than anyone outside of their own locker room.

Petersen was the coach of the Broncos from 2006-13, and he recruited most of the roster.

But these Broncos, who ended last season with a 38-30 victory over Arizona in the Fiesta Bowl, shouldn’t be much of a mystery to anyone who follows college football. They won 12 games in Bryan Harsin’s first season as coach after 92 wins in eight years under Petersen.

They’re breaking in a new starting quarterback, sure. But they also return 17 starters, including their entire offensive line, their best defensive back and their top tackler from last year’s Fiesta Bowl championship team.

In other words, the Huskies should know what they’re getting into when they take the blue turf at Albertsons Stadium for the season opener at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

What the Huskies might look like, however, is harder to discern.

They’ll be starting a new quarterback, whether it’s true freshman Jake Browning (the most interesting candidate), fourth-year junior Jeff Lindquist (the oldest candidate) or redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels (the most mysterious candidate).

They’re starting an entirely rebuilt offensive line composed of players with just 15 combined career starts. None of the three defensive linemen listed atop the depth chart have started a game before, either, and the Huskies are also replacing four defensive players who were selected in the first 44 picks of this year’s NFL draft.

--- Here’s a preview from the Associated Press.

--- Adam Jude reports from Boise on the legacy Chris Petersen left behind (and while the french dip might not be on the menu at Fork anymore, I can attest that the Idaho Philly is a darn fine replacement).

--- Our T.J. Cotterill has a good feature on Tahoma defensive end Amandre Williams, who is committed to the Huskies.

--- Tom Scott of KTVB warns against underestimating Petersen’s Huskies.

--- Here’s the game preview from the UW Daily.

--- The game’s key matchup will be in the trenches, where Boise State had a huge experience advantage.

--- Boise State’s defense could be pretty good this year, too.

--- Should Boise State fans boo Chris Petersen?

There were three Pac-12 games last night ...

--- Utah spoiled Jim Harbaugh’s much-hyped return to college football in a 24-17 victory over Michigan in Salt Lake City.

--- Arizona held off Texas-San Antonio for a 42-32 victory on Thursday night, but star linebacker Scooby Wright left the game with an apparent knee injury, the severity of which is unknown.

--- Colorado trailed Hawaii 18-14 in the third quarter when I sat down to write these links. And you know what? I’m not staying up to follow the rest of it. So there.

There’s one other Pac-12 game today ...

Weber State at Oregon State, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks -- Here are five things to watch as the Beavers take on a Big Sky opponent.

We’ll be back with a pregame chat/thread before kickoff.

Christian Caple can be reached at christian.caple@thenewstribune.com. Twitter: @ChristianCaple

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