Aug. 30, 2015
BOISE, Idaho - For the first time since 2009, the Boise State football team - ranked No. 23 in the Associated Press Poll and No. 24 in the USA Today Coaches Poll - will open the season with a home game, squaring off against Washington at Albertsons Stadium, Sept. 4. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:15 p.m., and the game will be nationally televised by ESPN.
THE SERIES: This year's game will be the fourth all-time between the Broncos and Huskies, with Washington holding a 2-1 series advantage. Boise State notched its only victory in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, Dec. 22, 2012 (28-26). The Huskies were victorious in both 2007 (24-10) and 2013 (38-6), with each game being played in Seattle. Th is will be the first meeting in Boise, and Boise State has been ranked in each of the four meetings -- 22 (AP)/20 (Coaches) in 2007, 20/15 in 2012 and 19/19 in 2013.
14 YEARS IN THE RANKINGS: Boise State debuted at No. 23 and No. 24 in the preseason edition of the 2015 Associated Press and USA Today Coaches Polls, respectively. The Broncos have been ranked for at least one week in both the AP and Coaches Polls in each of the last 14 seasons.
EARLY EXPECTATIONS: Boise State opened the 2015 season ranked in both the AP (23) and Coaches (24) Polls, the sixth time in the last seven seasons that the Broncos were ranked to start the year. Boise State opened 2014 outside of the top 25, and concluded the season ranked 16th in each. A look at where the Broncos started each of the last seven years can be found below:
2009 - 14 (AP) / 16 (Coaches)
2010 - 3 (AP) / 5 (Coaches)
2011 - 8 (AP) / 6 (Coaches)
2012 - 24 (AP) / 22 (Coaches)
2013 - 19 (AP) / 19 (Coaches)
2014 - Not Ranked
2015 - 23 (AP) / 24 (Coaches)
SUCCESS WHEN RANKED: Boise State has an all-time record of 91-11 (.892) when ranked in the top 25 of the AP and/or Coaches Polls.
THE HARSIN ERA: The Broncos enter their second year under head coach Bryan Harsin, a former Bronco quarterback and assistant coach. Harsin led the Broncos to a record of 12-2 in his debut season, which included the school's first outright Mountain West Championship since joining the league in 2011 and the school's third victory in the Fiesta Bowl.
For his efforts during his debut season, Harsin was named a finalist for the Paul "Bear" Bryant National Coach of the Year Award, the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year Award and the Dodd Trophy, given annually by the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation.
NONCONFERENCE HOME GAMES: Boise State has won 19-straight nonconference home games. The last home loss to a non-league school came in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl, a 27-21 setback to Boston College, Dec. 28, 2005. Boise State hasn't lost such a game during the regular season since 2001 (Washington State, 41-20), a streak of 29-straight victories.
HOME OPENERS: Boise State hasn't opened a season at home since defeating Oregon 19-8, Sept. 3, 2009. When opening the season in Boise, the Broncos have won eight consecutive games, and are 20-8 all-time. The last loss came to Cal State Northridge, Aug. 30, 1997, a game that was later forfeited to Boise State.
SENIOR SUCCESS: Should this year's Boise State football team win at least nine games, the Broncos' 2015 senior class will become the 14th straight to win at least 40 games during their careers, or an average of 10 wins per season. Th is year's senior class already has 31 victories under its belt from 2012-14.
The Broncos' 2011 senior class won 50 games, the most in FBS history. The 2009 and 2012 senior classes won 49 games, tied for the second-most all-time, while the 48 victories for the 2010 class are tied for the sixth-most in FBS history. In all, Boise State senior classes boast four of the top-10 all-time marks, six of the top 20 and seven of the top 30.