BYU has known their bowl destination for a little over two years now. There’s no drama to where BYU will be headed. After the Cougars defeated Boise State earlier this year, the Cougars officially accepted their invite to the Fight Hunger Bowl. (No Kraft sponsorship this year, just FYI)
The Cougars will be paired with a Pac-12 team. The first time since BYU went Independent that the Cougars will face a BCS conference opponent in a bowl game. The opponent will be, the Washington Huskies.
Washington of course has been in the news as of late with the departure of former head coach, Steve Sarkisian heading to hometown USC and the Huskies luring Boise State head man, Chris Petersen to be Sark’s successor.
Petersen of course, won’t be coaching in the bowl game. That will be former Washington Quarterback, Marques Tuiasosopo. Remember BYU’s season opener in 1999 where Kevin Feterik went deep to WR Chris Hale in the final minutes? Tuiasosopo was the signal caller for the Huskies that day.
This will mark the first time that BYU and Washington have met in a bowl game. The all-time series between the two schools is 4-4, with BYU winning the last three meetings.
The Pac-12 has been one of the deepest leagues in College Football this year. Washington was a top 25 team for a majority of the season until a string of losses against Stanford, Oregon, and Arizona State caused the Huskies to fall out of the polls. Led by quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey, Washington poses a great test for this BYU defense that looks to finish the season off strong as one of the nations top defenses statisically.
Fight Hunger Bowl is at AT&T Park home of the San Francisco Giants. Kickoff is set for December 27th at 7:30 p.m. (MT). Fight Hunger Bowl tickets remain available if you’re looking to attend the game.