Pac-12: Washington's hire could help BYU, USU
Chris Petersen's move from Boise State to Washington will make Pac-12 football competition more challenging for Utah, but the side effect is that Utah State and BYU may have an easier time dealing with the Broncos.
ESPN is reporting that Petersen will join the Huskies to replace Steve Sarkisian, who took the USC coaching job this week. Petersen compiled a 92-12 record with two BCS victories in eight seasons at Boise State.
Washington is in the Pac-12 North, and the Huskies won't play Utah in 2014 in the conference's scheduling rotation.
Boise State is Utah State's biggest rival in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West, so the Aggies stand to gain from the Broncos' transition. BSU has kept improving while going from Dirk Koetter to Dan Hawkins to Petersen in this century, each time promoting its offensive coordinator. But it is hard to imagine anyone doing what Petersen has done in Boise.
BYU also is affected, because the Cougars have a long-term scheduling agreement with Boise State.
Another variable is how Petersen's move will affect bowl selections and the games themselves. Petersen's contract includes a provision that he must coach the Broncos in their bowl game, according to The Idaho Statesman. Bowl selection committees might view Boise State differently now, which could make USU more attractive to a bowl such as the Poinsettia. Then again, Petersen's farewell game would make a good story.
Washington, meanwhile, is BYU's likely opponent in the Fight Hunger Bowl. The Huskies have appointed Marques Tuiasosopo as interim coach.
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