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Fight Hunger Bowl gameday glance: BYU vs. Washington, Dec. 27, 7:30 p.m. (7 items)

By , Deseret News

Dec. 26, 2013

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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1 of 7. BYU (8-4) vs. Washington (8-4)

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.

2 of 7. The stakes

For Washington… 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.

3 of 7. The trends

For Washington … 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.

4 of 7. The edge

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.

5 of 7. Player to watch

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.
1. eagle
Provo, UT,
Dec. 26, 2013

I was impressed that this list had some historical perspective. I was wonder where Paul Howard was going to rank and the Oates brothers who had very long careers and were Pro-Bowl players.

I wonder if one would consider Lee Johnson an offensive or defensive player as a punter but he had a great career for the Bengals.

2. New to Utah
Dec. 26, 2013

BYU needs to play their best game to defeat UW.
KVN & Hoffman need to play lights out.BYU
is an 8 pt underdog all the more motivation
BYU can beat UW it is all about desire.

3. Hey Baby
Franklin, IN,
Dec. 28, 2013

Good point NEW TO UTAH...

Desire works! Talent is also nice to have. BYU loves Hill and he can't beat national programs with his lack of patients in the pocket...dancing feet syndrome..