BOISE -- The wait is almost over for the Boise State football team.
In just six days, BSU will open the 2013 season at the University of Washington. Not surprisingly, it's also where Boise State's often-criticized kicking success could again come under scrutiny.
There's three reasons for that:
- First, the Broncos are visiting the Huskies for the first time since 2007, and they're doing so in a newly-constructed stadium.
- Second, both teams played in BSU's final regular-season matchup last year. The Broncos won by just two points, and that means the Huskies should be looking for redemption.
- Third, the opening line on the game favors the Huskies by 3 points, meaning fans shouldn't be surprised if the game comes down to another clutch field-goal kick.
That's where Boise State kicker Dan Goodale could fall under the spotlight. The junior special teams player has been awaiting the opportunity because former kicker Michael Frisina started at the position in 2012.
Goodale says he's ready for the pressure.
I've been full go on it, Goodale told KTVB. It's a big opportunity for me, and I'm looking forward to hopefully getting the chance to get out there and kick.
The pressure won't just be on Goodale come Saturday night. It's likely to fall on the entire team, including Senior QB Joe Southwick and Coach Chris Petersen.