BYU is 6-2 in bowl games under coach Bronco Mendenhall and will look to keep that impressive streak going as they take on a very good Washington team.
As good as the Huskies are, they could be vulnerable Friday night as head coach Steve Sarkisian left the program to take over the head coaching position at USC. Assistant Marques Tuiasosopo will coach the team during the bowl game. It will be interesting to see how the team responds under Tuiasosopo.
Here's a look at several key factors to the bowl game.
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Friday, 7:30 p.m. MST
AT&T Park (41,503)
Radio: 1160 AM
Weather: Temperatures in the 50s at kickoff with a slight breeze.
The Huskies are looking for their ninth win of the season. They lost their coach, Steve Sarkisian, to USC earlier this month, and head into the game with an interim coach. New coach Chris Petersen, formerly of Boise State, will take over the program, and a win over BYU would be a good way to lead into the new era.
For BYU The Cougars are looking to extend their four-game bowl win streak. After a few close, disappointing losses against tough opponents, a victory over a Pac-12 team like Washington would be a feather in BYU’s cap.
The Huskies have dropped three consecutive games to BYU, dating back to 1999. Washington hasn’t beaten BYU since 1998.
For BYU The Cougars have won six of eight bowl games under coach Bronco Mendenhall and they’re 3-2 against Pac-12 opponents in bowl games.
Washington will win if … The Huskies can control the line of scrimmage and establish a run game with star running back Bishop Sankey.
BYU will win if … The Cougars can limit turnovers, be efficient on third-down attempts, and score touchdowns in the red zone.
Taysom Hill, BYU: The sophomore quarterback, playing in his first bowl game, will need to be consistent and play mistake-free football against the Huskies.
BYU’S FRONT SEVEN vs. WASHINGTON RUNNING BACK BISHOP SANKEY: The Cougars have been vulnerable at times this season against the run. Sankey is the best running back BYU will face this season, and it can’t afford to let him pick up big chunks of yardage.
BYU: Linebacker Spencer Hadley (knee) will not play. Tight end Devin Mahina (abductor) is expected to play.