If you aren’t intrigued by the Boise State/Washington game in the first week of the college football season, then you don’t know why you should be intrigued. The game itself might not actually be the best contest to take place on September 5, but its backstory is a pretty interesting one.
Chris Petersen coached the Broncos for seven seasons, amassing a 92-12 record with five conference championships and two undefeated seasons. He is now entering his second season with the Huskies after they went 8-6 and lost the Cactus Bowl in 2014.
According to College Football Talk, Petersen is not too excited about playing his old team that gave him his first job as a college head coach. He revealed this in multiple appearances with ESPN.
“I’m not looking forward to it because I recruited so many of those kids,” Petersen said during his time running through the ESPN car wash. He also realizes that the Bronco fans may not give him the warmest of welcomes when he steps onto that blue turf.
“They’re fans, they’re gonna boo me,” said the coach. “But it’s such a great place.”
Speaking of the blue turf, Petersen also joked that the turf shouldn’t be legal. ESPN’s Brett McMurphy reported the joke via Twitter.
Chris Petersen on playing on Boise’s blue turf: “It should be outlawed.” Yes, he was joking
— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) July 29, 2015
That being said, the game will probably not go in Petersen’s favor. Both teams will be starting a new quarterback for the season, but the Huskies only have one offensive lineman from last season while the Broncos return all five.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Huskies return four players and the Broncos return twice as many. It could be a long night for Petersen’s Huskies.
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