If you look at a map featuring locations of where major college football programs are located, you will notice two things. One is that if you look on the east coast, there are many teams located close to each other. Meanwhile on the Pacific coast there is a lot more space, meaning sometimes there is some travel involved into games for those teams. While looking at the map, I see two teams that could definitely have a consistent hit series (maybe even a rivalry) if they played more often. Those two teams would be Washington and Boise State.
As you can tell by the map, Boise State is the closest non conference opponent to Washington that would make for an interesting game. The distance is at 495 miles and would take 7 hours and 33 minutes to reach each other according to Google. Distance doesn’t effect a heated series though, here is a fact to put things in perspective. Miami and FSU are also at the same 7 hour and 33 minute distance.
Below we are going to give the top reasons why these two should play more often. The only drawback in our opinion is that Washington has to play a nine game conference schedule. Which limits them to only three out of conference opponents each year. Most programs want their out of conference schedule to consist of these things; to have a money game, a guaranteed win, and maximum exposure in a certain region. Being able to schedule only three games limits the possibility of one consistent out of conference opponent.
Neither team has a true out of conference rival currently, and we think they could work well together. So below are our top reasons why these two teams should meet more often.
The Chris Peterson Effect
The casual college football fan knows that Chris Petersen is the head coach of Washington but before that he led the under handed Boise State Broncos. From 2001-2005 he was the Boise State offensive coordinator that made the nation aware of where Boise, Idaho is located. From 2006-2013 he was the head coach for the Broncos, winning two BCS bowls and making them a house hold name. Currently at Washington he is building a PAC 12 powerhouse, as they are defending conference champions, and made an appearance in the college football playoffs. The casual fan also knows that no one does more with less like Chris Petersen.
Let us not forget that current Boise State head coach Bryan Harsin worked very close in Boise with Chris Petersen. He was Petersen’s offensive coordinator when two BCS bowls were won. The years Harsin was OC and Petersen was HC at the same time, the Broncos went 61-5, with two undefeated seasons.
An out of conference rival is a great thing
There is no draw back from having an out of conference rival, as it adds to the excitement of your fan base. With these two schools in bordering states, sharing a similar face, and competing at a high level it would not be hard to see this series take off. You can look around the college football landscape, find any rivalry, and both sides will tell you it is not a bad thing. They may hate each other, but the game gives them extra exposure. Most out of conference rivalry games that feature respected teams, land great TV coverage. Not saying these two would become rivals but it would have the potential to become a rivalry game.
Pacific Coast Isolation
We have already hit on this point but Boise State is the closest out conference team to Washington worth anything. For the type of consistent or annual college football fan, the seven hour drive would be nothing. This game would be a guaranteed sell out and a money maker for both. In 2016 Washington averaged a 92 % capacity rate in attendance, while Boise State was at 94 %. There would be more money to made with a home and home with a regional series with Boise State instead of the current opposite coast with Big Ten doormat Rutgers.
The other great thing would be that the players for both teams would have another game in their own time zone. No jet lag leaving Seattle Washington at 2 pm PST for a five hour flight to New Jersey and end up landing at 12 AM EST. This jet lag is something Washington will experience this year traveling cross country for their opening game against Rutgers. Somewhere in there, I am sure it works out for the academics of the student athlete as well.
It would solidify a schedule pleasing to the College Football Playoff Rankings
With the past three seasons of the CFP we have learned one major thing. Making a schedule with quality opponents is a big bargaining factor. For Washington the nine game conference schedule helps this, but a consistent series with Boise State could assure it. For Boise State a consistent series with a P5 team could help them one day sneak in the top four. With Bryan Harsin having elite success at Boise and Chris Petersen building a P5 powerhouse, this game will always be a boost to the strength of schedule.
We would love to see what your opinion of the possibility of these two meeting up more often in the comments below. Do you think it would be a good fit for both schedules? Do you think a rivalry game could be made out of this? Also, answer the poll on the home page so we can get a general consensus!