Fans and players are gearing up for tomorrow's Maaco Bowl Las Vegas. Washington will take on Boise State in the 21st annual game here in town.
This is Boise State's third straight trip to Las Vegas for a bowl. It's Washington's first.
But both teams and their fans are fired up to not only watch a great game, but have a good time.
A pep rally was held at the Fremont Street Experience Friday night as fans, cheerleaders and bands set the tone for what makes college football so special.
The players know bowl games aren't guaranteed and they're soaking up their Vegas experience.
"I like walking the strip," said Washington Quarterback Keith Price. "This is my first time in Vegas and actually being able to enjoy Vegas so that's my best part."
On the football side of things, this isn't the same Boise State team that fans saw the last several seasons. Gone are the gaudy offensive numbers, replaced by winning games on defense.
"It's been a different feel," said Boise State Head Coach Chris Peterson. "We're not used to winning games 7-6 and the defense scores seven of them."
"They don't get beat deep," Price said. "They have a very sticky secondary and when we have an opportunity to make plays, we have to make plays."
Since Boise State has played here so much, they say the Las Vegas allure isn't a distraction.
"We just know what to expect whether it's playing in a bowl game or UNLV," said Boise State defensive back Jamar Taylor. "We know the ins and outs and what not to do and what to do."
And for fans who can't make it, players on both team say expect a good show.
"Everyone's going to be watching Saturday so if you can't get excited, something is wrong," Taylor said.
Boise State is a five point favorite.
Kick-off is set for 12:30 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium.
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