No. 19 Boise State has high hopes with Washington rematch

No. 19 Boise State has high hopes with Washington rematch »Play Video
In this Dec. 22, 2012, file photo, Boise State quarterback Joe Southwick (16) runs the ball with Washington's Travis Feeney (41) defending during the MAACO Bowl NCAA college football game in Las Vegas. Boise State won 28-26. Boise State plays Washington on Aug. 31 in a return match for the Broncos and Huskies after they finished last season playing in the bowl game. Boise State rallied late to win that one 28-26. Round 2 also marks the re-opening of Husky Stadium. (AP Photo/David Becker, File)

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - For the Boise State University Broncos and Washington Huskies, 2013's first game is a rematch of last year's Las Vegas Bowl.

But Saturday's contest at Husky Stadium on Seattle's waterfront will present the 19th-ranked Broncos with a far more hostile crowd than greeted them in Sin City last December, when they beat the Huskies 28-26.

BSU players and coach Chris Petersen talked about the renewed matchup Monday at a press conference.

It's a clash of two quarterbacks who at the 2012 season's conclusion were on different trajectories: BSU's Joe Southwick shined, while the Huskies' Keith Price threw critical interceptions, including an errant toss that sealed his team's bowl-game fate.

Washington aims to improve on its seven-win season from last year, while BSU is predicted to be Mountain West Conference champion.