BOISE -- For the third straight year, the Boise State Broncos are headed to the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. The bowl announced Sunday night that the Broncos will face the Washington Huskies of the Pac-12 conference.
Las Vegas bowl officials had to wait until Sunday's BCS standings were released to invite Boise State. There stood a small chance that the Broncos could make it into a BCS bowl game, but Northern Illinois jumped them, landing a spot in the Orange Bowl where they'll face off against Florida State.
The Broncos have been successful in the Las Vegas Bowl the past two years, beating Utah 26-3 in 2010 and Arizona State 56-24 in 2011.
The matchup with Washington brings an interesting twist, since the two teams are schedule to meet for the 2013 season opener in Seattle.
"This is another great matchup of two of the top programs in the West," said bowl executive director Dan Hanneke. "Boise State has been a wonderful partner with Las Vegas the last two years and will bring in another fantastic record and national ranking to go with its Mountain West co-championship. On the other side, we are ecstatic to finally host Washington, which is another marquee brand from the Pac-12 that will be making its first appearance in Las Vegas."
Boise State comes into the bowl at 10-2 overall as the Broncos finished 7-1 in conference play, tying for the Mountain West championship with both Fresno State and San Diego State.
"We are excited to return to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas and face the University of Washington,'' Boise State head coach Chris Petersen said. ''Coach (Steve) 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. The bowl staff in Las Vegas does an outstanding job hosting this event and we have had very good experiences playing there the past two years."
Washington (7-5 overall / 5-4 Pac-12), which was ranked 25th in the BCS Standings in mid-November, will be making its third postseason trip in as many years and playing in its 33rd bowl game overall.
"We are really excited to be headed to Las Vegas,'' UW head coach Steve Sarkisian said. "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."
The game will be played Saturday, Dec. 22, at 12:30 p.m. PT, and shown on ESPN and WatchESPN.