After waiting out the 2012 bowl selection process, the Washington Huskies are glad they know where they're playing, in the Dec. 22 Las Vegas Bowl. Head coach Steve Sarkisian is also happy with the opponent in the Boise State Broncos, according to the Seattle Times:
"Boise has done it for such an extended period of time. They have been doing this for year after year after year. So for our guys it's just another opportunity to go play a great football team that is really well-coached on a national stage. That's why these guys chose to come to the University of Washington to play in these types of games."
The news was especially rewarding for UW considering how they ended the season. Quarterback Keith Price said that many of his teammates had a rough week following the regular season finale, a 31-28 overtime loss to the lowly Washington State Cougars in the Apple Cup.
So unquestionably, the matchup against the routinely successful Broncos coached by Chris Petersen could help the Huskies end on a high note. His Huskies finishing with a 7-5 regular season record, Sarkisian said the eighth win of the year will be an important benchmark for Washington no matter if it comes via a bowl game victory.
Being the only Pac-12 team aside from Oregon to play against a ranked opponent in the postseason is perhaps a lucky opportunity for the Huskies to end the season on a high note.