BOISE -- The Boise State Broncos (10-2) will face the University of Washington Huskies (7-5) atSam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Mountain Time.

The match-up marks the Broncos' third return to the MAACO Las Vegas Bowl in the past three years.

This game is the second meeting between UWand BSU, withWashington clocking a 24-10 victory over Boise in Seattle on Sept. 8, 2007.


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The BCS standings didn't give Boise State the respect necessary to send the Broncos to one of college football's marquee bowls for a third time in seven years.

The UPS Team Performance Index has quite a bit more love for coach Chris Petersen's program.

Boise State is the index's highest-ranked team that will be playing in a December bowl, with its intriguing MAACO Bowl Las Vegas matchup against Washington one of four games this week as college football's postseason heads toward the holidays.

Using an advanced proprietary formula featuring offensive yards per play, defensive yards allowed per play, various special teams statistics and a microindex of miscues that rewards disciplined teams, UPS has teamed with STATS LLC to normalize those numbers across 120 FBS schools.

From there, balance is measured for all of a team's individual units, with the final index weighted toward excellence in those areas and overall winning percentage.

By that measure, the Broncos (10-2) ended up fifth among BCS schools in the regular season - significantly higher than their No. 20 spot in the AP poll and 19th-place ranking in the BCS standings. As a result of that BCS ranking, they were unable to surpass Northern Illinois and crack the top 16, which they would have needed to do in order to crash yet another Bowl Championship Series contest.

That means Boise State - which has won at least 10 games in each of the last seven seasons - will have to settle for a third straight bowl appearance in Las Vegas.

If history is any precedent, however, that fate is not so bad.

It cruised past Utah - a future Pac-12 team - 26-3 in 2010, blasted Arizona State 56-24 last season and will get another crack at the Pac-12 against Washington.


If exceptional balance is any indication of power, the matchup could be a mismatch. The Broncos trail only Alabama, Oregon, Kansas State and Northern Illinois in the UPS Index. All of those schools will be playing in the BCS, while Washington is just 64th.

Boise State had a top-10 offense in each of the last three seasons, but this year Petersen's team is just 77th (390.0 yards per game) when it has the ball. No longer armed with quarterback Kellen Moore, who finished with an FBS-record 50 wins in a career that ended last year, the Broncos' strength has carried over to the other side of the ball.

It ranks ninth nationally overall (304.7 ypg) and has forced 33 turnovers, tied for the third-most in the FBS.

The defense has been so stellar all year, and has carried us for most of the way, Petersen said.


The Huskies figure to have trouble moving the ball with their 101st-ranked offense (347.4), but could stay in the game with a defense that's 31st (353.3) and forced just one fewer turnover than Boise State. Washington has consistently hurt itself, though: Its 106 penalties are the second-most in the nation behind UCLA's 123.

While imbalance kept Washington from being involved in many of the shootouts the Pac-12 has become renowned for, another of the conference's eight bowl representatives produced a high-scoring affair in the sport's postseason opener. Arizona rallied from 13 points down with under a minute left to beat Nevada 49-48 in Saturday's New Mexico Bowl in a game that featured 1,237 yards of offense.

Go Broncos!

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